Open Source and Community: Does It Matter?

“…I instead tried to–again–get my head around what it is
that makes open source projects successful.

“Aside from the obvious commercial measure of success there is
certainly the other, slightly less tangible way to check on the
state of an open source project: Community contributions. After
all, the source is open to be examined and modified freely. So, an
active developer community is then often seen as a key indicator of
a project’s success. With a large, active developer community, the
traditionally touted benefits of open source come to play: Peer
review by many, quick fixes to any identified issues because of a
large number of developers, and so on…”

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