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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-29T15:27:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-29T15:27:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Fitzgerald, B. (2011) "Open source software: lessons from and for software engineering," Computer,44(10),pp. 25-30 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2227
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Open source software can elicit strongly contrasting reactions. Advocates claim that OSS is high-quality software produced on a rapid time scale and for free or at very low cost by extremely talented developers. At the same time, critics characterize OSS as variable-quality software that has little or no documentation, is unpredictable as to stability or reliability, and rests on an uncertain legal foundation—the result of a chaotic development process that is completely alien to software engineering’s fundamental tenets and conventional wisdom. Research suggests a more balanced view. On one hand, OSS is not the “silver bullet” championed by its most vocal partisans. On the other hand, it does not radically diverge from traditional software engineering practice as its severest detractors claim, and, as evidenced by some notable successes, OSS offers many tangible benefits. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Computer;2011 44(10),pp. 25-30
dc.rights “© 2011 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.” en_US
dc.subject open source software en_US
dc.subject OSS en_US
dc.subject GSD en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.title Open source software: lessons from and for software engineering en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1392530
dc.internal.authorcontactother brian.fitzgerald@ul.ie

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