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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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Answering the Questions Raised in Part II

Answering the Questions Raised in Part II

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Internet Success

Meng-Shiou Shieh

The MIT Press

This chapter examines both the initiation and growth stages of open-source software (OSS) project development. It systematically reintroduces the hypotheses or research questions concerning the factors that determine OSS project success or abandonment and analyzes most of them using contingency tables built based on the responses to The Survey on Free/Libre and Open-Source Success, conducted in fall 2009. After explaining the contingency tables, the chapter considers the technological, community, and institutional attributes that influence success or abandonment. Technological attributes include software requirements, software design (modularity, granularity, complexity), product utility, competition, and collaborative infrastructure. Community attributes include the attributes and motivations of software developers, leadership, and social capital. The chapter also looks at OSS institutions across all project sizes.

Keywords:   open-source software, OSS project success, OSS project abandonment, software requirements, software design, product utility, software developers, leadership, social capital, OSS institutions

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