Some Implications of Bazaar SizeThird Draft. Aug 11, 1998
Copyright 1997-1998, Forrest J. Cavalier, III Mib Software
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"....thinking in terms of a hard minimum number of participants is misleading. Fetchmail and Linux have huge numbers of beta testers *now*, but they obviously both had very few at the beginning.
What both projects did have was a handful of enthusiasts and a plausible promise. The promise was partly technical (this code will be wonderful with a little effort) and sociological (if you join our gang, you'll have as much fun as we're having). So what's necessary for a bazaar to develop is that it be credible that the full-blown bazaar will exist!"