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Internet SuccessA Study of Open-Source Software Commons$
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Charles M. Schweik and Robert C. English

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017251

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.001.0001

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What Can SourceForge.net Data Alone Tell Us about Open-Source Software Commons?

What Can SourceForge.net Data Alone Tell Us about Open-Source Software Commons?

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(p.143) 8 What Can SourceForge.net Data Alone Tell Us about Open-Source Software Commons?
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Internet Success
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Sandra Haire

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.003.0008

This chapter examines factors that influence the success of open-source software (OSS) projects, focusing on SourceForge.net (SF). It analyzes the 2006 data set of 107,747 SF projects; asks whether this data set captures any of the factors related to technology, community, and institutions; and considers whether any of these factors are more often associated with success or abandonment of OSS projects. The chapter shows that leadership, development team size, and user community size are more often associated with successful OSS projects.

Keywords:   successful OSS projects, open-source software, SourceForge.net, technology, community, institutions, abandonment, leadership, development team size, user community size

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