I see it now on two projects on which I participate - Gammu and
phpMyAdmin - they do not attract new developers and old slowly
phpMyAdmin is very widely used tool and it does not help it attract
developers. Only Marc is currently active developing, I sometimes commit
few lines of code and I don't see much other activity. Isn't among users
some skilled PHP developer who would like to improve our code? Or
phpMyAdmin already reached perfect state? I don't think so.
There seems to be big barrier in those projects to attract new
developers. They both lack developer documentation, what is
unfortunately quite usual in free software world. But is it the real
reason? It probably discourages people who look at the code and are not
able to understand how it works. They could ask on mailing list and they
would get some hints, but this is probably too much for somebody who
wants to fix some small issue. So this is something which can be
improved and might help.
I also thought that open version control system can help also a bit in this
situation, but phpMyAdmin doesn't seem to profit much from this. Gammu
never had it (except of my own), now when I will be creating releases,
it will have it, but I doubt it will change anything.
I'm really out of ideas how to attract developers, and looks like I'm
not alone, as I saw recently, KMobileTools have same issue and there are
definitely more such projects…
BTW: Anybody interested in improving mentioned projects? Just contact me
or any team member :-).