"Building a community is at the core of any free and open source
software (FOSS) project, but few projects have faced challenges
equal to Fedora's and openSUSE's efforts to create FOSS communities
around formerly commercial projects, or Ubuntu's efforts to manage
growth in a widely popular distribution. How to define communities,
how to encourage participation from non-programmers, what community
values to foster -- these are questions that community leaders from
these projects have had to struggle with. Their attempts to answer
the questions provide guidance to others trying to build
communities within FOSS.
"'At the highest level, the community is anyone who wants to be
involved with Linux or open source,' says Max Spevack, chairman of
the Fedora Board..."