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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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Technological and Community Attributes

Technological and Community Attributes

(p.57) 4 Technological and Community Attributes
Internet Success

Meelis Kitsing

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses technological attributes, which refer to a set of variables related to the open-source software (OSS) itself or the technological infrastructure required to coordinate an OSS team, and community attributes, which refer to a set of variables linked to the relationships among people involved in OSS development, along with the project’s financial and marketing aspects. It examines technological factors that could determine the success or abandonment of OSS commons, including software requirements, software design (modularity, granularity, complexity), product utility, competition, and collaborative infrastructure. The chapter also describes code repository and versioning systems, and bug tracking, and, finally, considers community attributes in the Institutional Analysis and Development framework, such as user involvement, leadership, social capital, group heterogeneity, group size, financing, and marketing strategies.

Keywords:   technological attributes, open-source software, community attributes, software requirements, software design, code repository, versioning systems, bug tracking, user involvement, marketing

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