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InformationWeek has a nice article titled: How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers

It's a long 6 printed pages article, not read it completely, but at page 2 there is nice chart with 9 points that an OpenSource project should have in order to be a winner.

Ayende also wrote a nice blog entry about it.

I'm trying to evaluate Subtext using that metrics (and giving points from 0 to 5):

  • A thriving community: we have just 4-5 core dev and a few contrib. But all the main contributors are very committed and a lot of discussion going on (4)
  • Disruptive goals: our only competitor in the .NET world is CS, and we are on a pretty different market, but we should "fight" against WordPress, Blogger: is world domination a good goal?  (4)
  • A benevolent dictator: we have Phil (5)
  • Transparency: well, mailing list is quite democratic (5)
  • Civility: not happening at the moment (4)
  • Documentation: our documentation is a bit shattered among developer blogs, official site, wiki, and user blog, but we have al lot of docs, maybe we need to organize it better (3)
  • Employed developers: if working from 8pm to 4am is considered full time, then we have them  (2)
  • A clear license: BSD isn’t clear enough? (5)
  • Commercial support: at the moment we don’t need them, since no commercial projects around, but quite responsive to requests (2)

So 34 out of 45… not bad, isn't it?

If you are a Subtext user, what do you think about this?

posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:16 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Is an Open Source Project Successful?

Left by Ted Jardine at 2/20/2007 7:46 PM

Disruptive goals: What about dasBlog?

Documentation: Of course, being all done by volunteers, it's hard to expect thorough documentation...however, until I started searching through the forums, it wasn't much fun finding out answers to questions for more advanced configurations. Even with the forums, documentation still lags even behind dasBlog's.

My two cents having used SubText for one blog install.

# re: Is an Open Source Project Successful?

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 2/20/2007 9:23 PM

I did not include dasBlog since it's a single user blog.

Documentation: as I said, a lot of docs, but not well organized

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