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Open Source downloads and reciprocal value

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The open source world is obsessed with the number of downloads that projects yield. I'm not sure if it still holds true but the download factor has been a key metric for open source companies seeking VC funding. Over the course of the last year many of us have realized that downloads are a great initial indicator but not a completely reliable metric.

Yesterday we celebrated the fact that Mule had reached the 500,000 download milestone which while impressive for its size, there are likely other more interesting facts associated with download numbers.

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