High Quality and Open Source Software Practices

TitleHigh Quality and Open Source Software Practices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHalloran, T, Scherlis, W
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 2nd ICSE Workshop on Open Source
Date Published2002
Keywordsapache, bug report, bug tracker, bug tracking system, feature requests, gcc, gnome, kde, lines of code, linux, loc, mozilla, netbeans, perl, position paper, python, sloc, source code, Survey, tomcat, xfree86

Surveys suggest that, according to various metrics, the quality and dependability of today’s open source software is roughly on par with commercial and government developed software. What are the prospects for advancing to much higher levels of quality in open source software? More specifically, what attributes must be possessed by quality-related interventions for them to be feasibly adoptable in open source practice? In order to identify some of these attributes, we conducted a preliminary survey of the quality practices of a number of successful open source projects. We focus, in particular, on attributes related to adoptability by the open source practitioner community.


"We examined the publicly visible portions of these projects from November 2001 through March 2002, ...The SLOC counts for the predominate languages are shown

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