A framework for analysing the sustainability of a community in four dimensions – social, cultural, legal and economical – is presented. The framework is further differentiated by taking into account the different types of open source software communities, particularly with regard to their work ethics: voluntary or salary-based. In conclusion, the framework is tentatively applied to two communities, Debian and Eclipse.
Vainio, Niklas; Oksanen, Ville; and Vadén, Tere, "Company Participation in Open Source Software Communities: Measuring Sustainability" (2006). ICEB 2006 Proceedings. 41.