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Internet Success: A Study of Open-Source Software Commons

Charles M. Schweik and Robert C. English


The use of open-source software (OSS)—readable software source code that can be copied, modified, and distributed freely—has expanded dramatically in recent years. The number of OSS projects hosted on SourceForge.net (the largest hosting Web site for OSS), for example, grew from just over 100,000 in 2006 to more than 250,000 at the beginning of 2011. But why are some projects successful—that is, able to produce usable software and sustain ongoing development over time—while others are abandoned? This book, the product of a large-scale empirical study to look at social, technical, and instituti ... More

Keywords: open-source software, source code, SourceForge.net, usable software, Internet-based collaboration, environmental commons, multivariate statistical models, OSS, software engineering, political problems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017251
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles M. Schweik, author

Robert C. English, author