Lessons learned from open source Xara's failure

On October 11, 2005, proprietary software maker Xara announced its plans to open the source code to its flagship vector graphics package Xara Xtreme, and with the help of community developers port it to Linux. Today, two years later, the project is stagnant and on the verge of irrelevance, primarily because the company couldn't figure out how to work with the open source community.

Source code to Xara Xtreme was released in March 2006 at the inaugural Libre Graphics Meeting in Lyon, France. That release was tagged 0.3; subsequent releases followed in the coming months, the most recent of which was 0.7 in August of 2006.