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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-08T15:25:27Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-08T15:25:27Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Fitzgerald, B. (2006) 'The Transformation of Open Source Software', MIS Quarterly, 30(3), p.587-598 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/92
dc.description peer-reviewed
dc.description.abstract A frequent characterization of open source software is the somewhat outdated, mythical one of a collective of supremely talented software hackers freely volunteering their services to produce uniformly high-quality software. I contend that the open source software phenomenon has metamorphosed into a more mainstream and commercially viable form, which I label as OSS 2.0. I illustrate this transformation using a framework of process and product factors, and discuss how the bazaar metaphor, which up to now has been associated with the open source development process, has actually shifted to become a metaphor better suited to the OSS 2.0 product delivery and support process. Overall the OSS 2.0 phenomenon is significantly different from its free software antecedent. Its emergence accentuates the fundamental alteration of the basic ground rules in the software landscape, signifying the end of the proprietary-driven model that has prevailed for the past 20 years or so. Thus, a clear understanding of the characteristics of the emergent OSS 2.0 phenomenon is required to address key challenges for research and practice. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Management Information Systems Research Center, University of Minnesota en
dc.relation.ispartofseries MIS Quarterly;30(3): pp. 587-598
dc.relation.uri http://www.misq.org/archivist/vol/no30/issue3/Fitzgerald.html
dc.subject free software en
dc.subject IS development en
dc.subject open source software en
dc.title The transformation of open source software en
dc.type Article en
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.identifier.local 08SE2062


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