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Six Secrets of Open Source Community Building

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The Drupal content management system (CMS) is one of the most successful open source projects on the Internet today, thanks in no small part to its community.

Speaking at the Zendcon PHP conference this week, Buytaert detailed six key secrets to open source success.

1) There is no quick rick formula.

Buytaert said that it took five years after he first started the Drupal project until there was the first Drupalcon developer conference in 2005. At that point, 40 people showed up to the event. At DrupalCon 2010, there were over 3,000 attendees.

"It takes time," Buytaert said. "It took us 10 years to get to where we are today."

2) Hurray for growing pains.

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