A blog post on CIO.com is making the point that participation in an open source project can help kick-start your career. I often find that individual developers like to work on open source projects, since it is fun and even ‘cool’. The ability to get peer recognition and immediate feedback can be a great motivator.
Howewer, I had not thought about the aspect of corporate career progression. Does anyone have good or bad experiences their participation in an open source project helping their career?