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Exploring the role of commercial stakeholders in open source software evolution

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dc.contributor.author Capiluppi, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Stol, Klaas-Jan
dc.contributor.author Boldyreff, Cornelia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-07T09:34:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-07T09:34:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2739
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract It has been lately established that a major success or failure factor of an OSS project is whether or not it involves a commercial company, or more extremely, when a project is managed by a commercial software corporation. As documented recently, the success of the Eclipse project can be largely attributed to IBM’s project management, since the upper part of the developer hierarchy is dominated by its staff. This paper reports on the study of the evolution of three different Open Source (OSS) projects—the Eclipse and jEdit IDEs and the Moodle e-learning system—looking at whether they have benefited from the contribution of commercial companies. With the involvement of commercial companies, it is found that OSS projects achieve sustained productivity, increasing amounts of output produced and intake of new developers. It is also found that individual and commercial contributions show similar stages: developer intake, learning effect, sustained contributions and, finally, abandonment of the project. This preliminary evidence suggests that a major success factor for OSS is the involvement of a commercial company, or more radically, when project management is in hands of a commercial entity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 8th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2012;pp. 178-200
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33442-9_12
dc.rights © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2012 en_US
dc.subject open source software en_US
dc.subject OSS en_US
dc.subject commercial stakeholders en_US
dc.title Exploring the role of commercial stakeholders in open source software evolution en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject 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.relation.projectid 10/CE/I1855 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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