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Proudly presenting: The Mobile & Embedded Community Stars!

Posted by terrencebarr on September 14, 2007 at 2:06 AM PDT

At the end of the day external participation is what makes or breaks an open source community. The virtuous cycle of open source, external participation and contributions, leveraging each other's innovation and work, and feeding it back into the community and code base is the sole point of going open source. Open source without a vibrant community is an academic exercise. Quite a few companies seem to be doing 'open source' because it is the politically correct thing to do. But without investing in a community that truly cares the code quickly ends up dead in the water. I think we're seeing a lot of that these days.

The Mobile & Embedded Community has been very fortunate to attract a good crowd of external community members pretty much from the start. And participation is growing every day - the page views, downloads, and forum postings are testament to that. In fact, since the launch in November 2006 we've had almost 500,000 cumulative page views, more than 20,000 downloads of the code in various projects, and close to 4000 individual postings on our forums. I am particularly proud that the community is continuing to attract well-known industry pundits and expert individuals as well as important entities and companies in the mobile space.

Because we really appreciate your interest and investment in the community we'd like to recognize special community members who are going the extra mile by engaging in the forums, writing blogs, contributing ideas and code, or pursuing any other noteworthy activity that makes the community a vibrant and interesting place for all.

Herewith I proudly present the brand-new "Community Stars" section of the Mobile & Embedded Community. A round of applause for our first set of Community Stars! Thank you.

-- Terrence

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