re: How much popularity does a software project need? VIEW POST


Software use and development is always a battle between "the new shiny thing" and "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". As long as there exist people in the latter camp who have adopted the software, it can not die.

How much popularity do things need?

Just a small community willing to make it better and keep it running. Once a critical mass of users is reached, projects will not die. They may become less visible to mainstream but they will continue to survive.

As an example, look at programming languages. Lua, C (was much more popular before), Haskell, Clojure will not win any popularity contests. But they are popular in their niches.

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