Last night I did a short presentation on Scaling WordPress using WordPress.com as an example giving an overview of the solutions we use for different scaling issues as well as highlighting some solutions that you can try out on smaller sites:
Keeping track of a projects progress is a common desire and if the project you are interested in happens to be a WordPress plugin then there are a number of RSS feeds which are an important resource for you (replace
plugin_slug with the plugins slug!).
The first of these contains all the support forum posts relevant to a particular plugin and the second is all the code changes that are happening in the plugins repository.
To keep track of these you have a couple of choices.
Firstly you could subscribe to them in your feed reader or if like me you like to receive emails for this sort of thing you can setup a cool tool called rss2email on your pc/server to email you new posts/changes.
“If you want to make money in the open-source world then you need to think of the code you give away for free, and the community interaction you make as an on-going job interview.”