An Introduction to Open Source Communities

TitleAn Introduction to Open Source Communities
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsKim, EE
Date Published04/2003
PublisherBlue Oxen Associates
Keywordsfree software foundation directory, freshmeat, fsf, sourceforge, squirrelmail, touchgraph

This report describes what open source communities are and how they work. It cites relevant research and presents original case studies of two open source projects: TouchGraph and SquirrelMail. It then identifies patterns of collaboration shared by these projects, and describes how these patterns might apply to other types of communities. Finally, it reviews what is still not well understood about open source communities, and proposes several paths for further research.

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