Open Source Community Types

When people say “community” it’s important to work out just who they mean, as there is no single “open source community” – it’s a meta-community built from many kinds of communities.

When I am with business people, I often find I need to distinguish between the different kinds of community that are layered around various Free software commons. It’s common to characterise community members as either “developers” (the “open source” worldview often emphasises this) or “users” (the “Free software” worldview often emphasises this). More than that, using the term “community” to apply to every style of gathering leads to confusion, especially regarding motivations for participating.

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