Many people gloss over the difference between open source projects and open source products; indeed it can often be hard to tell the difference between the two, and both models have their examples of success. But understanding the difference is important for anyone who wants to run an open source project or spend a career working on open source. This talk walks attendees through the history of one of the most successful open source projects in the world, and compares and contrasts it with competing open source products, showcasing the trade-offs that have been created over time. We’ll also show how other communities and companies have made similar decisions with dramatically different results. Ever wonder how open source software can endure over the years? This is the primer no one ever thought to give you.