I was looking at MarkMail today, specifically at September 2008’s emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it struck me how many were from folks outside Sun. In fact, looking at the Top 20 senders, only 10 are in the ‘OpenSSO team’ at Sun. Another 4 (shown highlighted in light yellow) are folks from elsewhere in Sun, with 6 of the Top 20 (highlighted in yellow) being participants from outside Sun.
Intrigued, I looked at the Top 20 senders since OpenSSO began, expecting to see far fewer ‘external’ senders over the long run, but was very pleasantly surprised to see just as many there:
One consequence of this diversity is that the pool of OpenSSO expertise is growing and we now have questions being asked and answered on the mailing list, by folks ‘out there’ in the wider community, while we in Santa Clara are all tucked up in bed. You know, I think there’s some substance to this ‘open source’ thing…