What is Success to an OSS Project?

by chromatic

Related link: http://www.advogato.org/person/bwh/diary.html?start=38



Bryce Harrington, Inkscape and Worldforge hacker (as well as super-friendly OSDL guy), recently opined that gaining lots and lots of users isn't the only -- or even the best -- gauge of success for an open source project. Just like not every successful business has to become a multinational corporate behemoth, a project that solves a problem only a dozen people have effectively can still be a success. ("Unrestrained, explosive growth is great!" is one of the Myths Open Source Developers Tell Ourselves.)

What's your project's measure of success?