At about 8:30 into this video, you’ll see a great lightning talk: PyCon 2011: Friday Afternoon Lightning Talks
It struck me on several levels. It was told by an excellent straight man. It had a great story. It was gently deprecating. In short it was very entertaining.
But beyond that, it also highlighted one of the core philosophies of open source that sometimes gets lost in mailing list threads about user base and popularity. Open source is powered by people wanting to scratch their own itches. Having a popular product is fun but people will work on something that only has a small amount of users as long as it is a good base for them to do what they want.