Evolution Patterns of Open-Source Software Systems and Communities

Open-Source Software (OSS) refers to software systems that are free to use and whose source code is fully accessible to anyone who is interested. Most OSS systems start out with a developer who wants to solve his or her own particular problem and makes the solution (system) available to others for free. Because it is free, it often attracts many users who have a similar problem, and because of the free access of source code, some interested users become co-developers by extending or improving the initial system. Together with the original developer, users and codevelopers create a collaborative OSS community around the system. Without such OSS communities, OSS projects are not likely to be successful. More…

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