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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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Defining Open-Source Software Success and Abandonment

Defining Open-Source Software Success and Abandonment

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Internet Success

Charles M. Schweik

Robert C. English

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the factors that determine the success or abandonment of open-source software (OSS) projects, focusing on the hosting web site SourceForge.net. It describes a theoretical classification system for OSS commons, and presents the results of eight interviews with OSS developers to get opinions about definitions of success and abandonment. The chapter discusses the effects of technology, community, and institutions on OSS project success and abandonment.

Keywords:   OSS project success, OSS project abandonment, open-source software, SourceForge.net, classification system, OSS commons, technology, community, institutions

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