On the Nonmaintainability of Open-Source Software

TitleOn the Nonmaintainability of Open-Source Software
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSchach, SR, Offutt, J
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 2nd ICSE Workshop on Open Source
KeywordsCommon coupling, coupling, lines of code, linux, linux kernel, loc, metrics

"We downloaded 365 versions of Linux. For each version in turn, we examined the 17 kernel modules and counted the number of lines of code in each module. Then we counted the number of instances of common (global) coupling between each of the kernel modules and all the other modules in that version of Linux. We obtained two primary results."

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