Friday, February 8, 2008

How the open source community is expanding

The definition of the open source software (OSS) community consistently came up during the brainstorming sessions and conversations at the Open Source Think Tank.

The OSS community used to be defined as the people who wrote code or documentation. A more current, general definition is anyone who adds something to the process or code in an OSS project. Now the definition also includes bloggers.

Someone postulated that "you must have an itch to scratch to be a part of a community". The itch has evolved. Commercial OSS provides focus and attention, and commercial OSS companies have caused the OSS community to expand.

Food for thought.

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