Commentary: It’s hard to know which open source projects will take off, but it’s easy to guess which ones won’t, and why.
It’s almost certain you’re not going to use Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (now open source) campaign tools. Nor will you be submitting a pull request on Microsoft’s open sourced Windows calculator. And you’re definitely not going to be using Medtronic’s “open source” ventilator.
This, however, isn’t really the point. While it’s never good practice to just dump code onto GitHub, slap an open source license on it, and walk away, it’s also hard to predict exactly how code will get used. The best thing a person or organization that wants to open source code can do, therefore, is simply to make it usable for would-be adopters.
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