Community at Scale

I didn't get a chance to see Mitchell Baker talk at FOSS.IN because I had to be on a panel across town. Darn. I know I missed something I should have seen, and that's how to do community at scale. I looked at Mitchell's slides today, and although many of the community development principles are the same as OpenSolaris, we still have not experienced such levels of growth that Mozilla experiences every day. And that's clear from Mitchell's slides. But as OpenSolaris moves to engage users and more levels of developers, I think we'll surely scale well beyond where we are now. Perhaps not to the level of Mozilla, but it will be wild figuring out how to grow a global user community on top of the many other communities involved with OpenSolaris right now. The existing OpenSolaris user groups will be key to this move, of course. 2008 should mark some significant changes in OpenSolaris.
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Let's hope Ian can get some traction behind his Indiana distribution, and that a good complete "standard" distro will help engage new members of the community.

Posted by Kevin Hutchinson on December 28, 2007 at 12:39 PM JST #

Kevin ... I'd love to see Indiana successful. And I have no doubt that it will be -- especially in India and China. The reason I'm so hopeful for those two markets specifically is that they are very open to new communities like ours.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 28, 2007 at 03:08 PM JST #

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