The most important part of an open source project

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With all the talk about open source sustainability, it’s easy to focus on “hard currency” contributions to a project. You know, code or cash or documentation or something that the project maintainers can see or touch. But in a conversation with Rich Felker, the founder of the musl libc project, he said something that initially seemed provocative, even shocking, but then felt exactly right:

Users, not code contributors, are the most important part of an open source project.

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