In this research, we ask the question: What differentiates successful from unsuccessful open source software projects? Using a sample of 240 open source projects, we examine how organizational sponsorship, target audience (developer versus end user), license choice, and development status interact over time to influence the extent to which open source software projects attract user attention and developer activity.
Stewart, Katherine and Ammeter, Tony, "An Exploratory Study of Factors Influencing the Level of Vitality and Popularity of Open Source Projects" (2002). ICIS 2002 Proceedings. 88.