Although there are many factors that determine the success or failure
of an open source project, experience has shown that open source
projects are highly successful only if at least one of the following
two applies:

a) They use a "implement first, then share, then standardize" approach
(think: early Linux, most GNU)

b) They have strong corporate backing or backing by heavily funded
foundations (e.g. nowadays Linux, Eclipse, Mozilla, Apache, JBoss

I'm unaware of any open source project that was started as an
outgrowth of an "on-paper" standardization effort (I'm open to
counterexamples). The ILS-DI effort appears to be just that, however,
whereas jangle has the chance to fit category a).

 - Godmar

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 9:50 AM, Ross Singer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 10:37 PM, Emily Lynema <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  > So, in many senses, adoption and implementation is left wide-open to the
>  > community.
>  >
>  I think this is a great approach for making sure it actually meets the
>  needs of the people that actually will be using it.
>  My fear is that if there's no person or group to help nurture and push
>  this (I hesitate to use the word "champion" lest I find myself crushed
>  under my own ironic title) there is a greater potential (esp. among
>  vendors, administrators and other people that can actively influence
>  policy) of it being left by the wayside.
>  -Ross.
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