The Fragility of Open Source: A Case Study
Open source software with its distinctive communities and unique history, lled
with ideology and politics, has for the past decade been of high interest to many
academic elds. It is no wonder, when the communities consisting of volunteers
cooperating and thereby creating these massive success histories, such as Apache,
Linux and Mozilla.
In this thesis open source software is viewed as fragile entities, as opposed to the
heroic perspective that is dominating current research in the eld of open source.
Methods for creating a sustainable community are investigated through a case
study of two open source software projects. Data is collected from the publicly
available e-mail archives, bug trackers and observation through internet relay chat.
Through analyzing the data gathered I have identied some fragile aspects of open
source software, as well as a few means of reducing fragility. I conclude that open
source developers can benet from acknowledging these points of fragility and any
company looking into open source for should carefully assess the software with this
fragility in consideration.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2011. , 148 p.
ntnudaim:5670, MIT informatikk, Systemarbeid og menneske-maskin-interaksjon
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-14978Local ID: ntnudaim:5670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-14978DiVA: diva2:473468
Monteiro, Eric, ProfessorØsterlie, Thomas