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The Fragility of Open Source: A Case Study
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2011 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2011. , 148 p.
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ntnudaim:5670, MIT informatikk, Systemarbeid og menneske-maskin-interaksjon
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-14978Local ID: ntnudaim:5670OAI: diva2:473468
Available from: 2012-01-06 Created: 2012-01-06

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