Ask Slashdot: What Defines Success In an Open Source Project?
Mar 30, 2012, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"by Anonymous Coward: Your project is a success when a
corporation embeds it in their product and violates the GPL.
"by recoiledsnake: I think widespread usage is a good metric and
not just gloating over profit like the Apple fans like to do.
"Apple derived the most profit from the cell phone industry." they
say, to put down Android's usage gains. By that metric, IIS is
totally killing Apache and Nginx in the web server space, but most
folks consider Apache beats IIS. Which of this is true?
"by Dr. Manhattan: I'd say, when your open-source project is
better because you made it open-source, it's successful. My own
minor projects have been improved by testing, bug reports, bug
fixes, and new feature contributions through the years. Certainly
they are more useful to me now than they would have been if I was
the only one working on them."