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Free and open source software activities involve and, perhaps, evolve institutions (rules, norms and standards) that influence the formation, growth, and demise of communities. Community institutions are attractors for some individuals while discouraging other individuals from entering or continuing to participate. Their suitability may change as a community grows. This paper examines the institutions of the Debian community where issues of community identity, distribution of authority, anddoi:10.1016/j.infoecopol.2008.06.001 fatcat:3ldt3pkdwnbqbbmo5k5hh6no6e