"In fact the naysayers thought that it wouldn't hold enough
interest to recruit widespread membership from engineers and
developers. How has the open source community gone from that to
being as strong as it is today?
"Firstly, pilot successes. Trailblazing projects are always a
must when it comes to breaking the mould; there have been many in
the open source world - Linux, GCC to name but two are good
examples of long lasting community-based projects
"Secondly, Business Oriented Visibility. For big corporations
such as IBM or Google, creating an open-source community around
Eclipse or Android has been both an extremely effective marketing
vehicle for their chosen technology as well as a way of reducing
the burden of maintaining and developing it."
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