Starting an open source project
|Salvius the open source|
Starting and sustaining an open source project are two completely different things. To start an open source project you need a website where people can learn about the project and gain access to the source material. Running an open source project usually involves creating a forum or some sort of social medium where people can share, comment on, or submit code. In order to sustain your project it is important to set goals for what you want your project to be able to do. As an example I set many goals for what I want my robot to be able to do. Some of the goals I am just within a hairsbreadth of accomplishing and others may take me many more years.
I did a search online to find out what other people have to say about starting a good open source project. This is what I came up with:
"You must be wary of the term "Open Source Community" because no such community exists. Instead there are thousands of individual communities. Yes, many people participate in several communities, but no one participates in all, and most don't participate so much as watch. Like any good spectator sport though, it's always more fun to play than to watch" - (fishybell from http://ask.slashdot.org)
"open source enables is the aggregation of passionate users that can make tweaks that support their own vision and requirements for a product. The ability to look under the hood and make changes/ additions and then contribute the modified code back to the community creates an effect where the code becomes progressively more useful over tim" - (Vijay Goel http://www.innovationinthecrowd.com)
"Learning what it takes to create and grow an open source project is trapped in the brains of many people. Many people want to know what makes a project tick, how it actually gets things done." - (Karsten Wade from http://www.socallinuxexpo.org)