A tale of two browsers

TitleA tale of two browsers
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDavis, I, Godfrey, MW, Baysal, O
Tertiary Authorsvan Deursen, A, Xie, T, Zimmermann, T
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 8th working conference on Mining software repositories - MSR '11
Date Published05/2011
PublisherACM Press
Place PublishedNew York, New York, USA
ISBN Number9781450305747
Keywordschrome, development history, Firefox, msr challenge

We explore the space of open source systems and their user communities by examining the development artifact histories of two popular web browsers -- Firefox and Chrome -- as well as usage data. By examining the data and addressing a number of research questions, two very different profiles emerge: Firefox, as the older and established system, with long product version cycles but short bug fix cycles, and a user base that is slow to adopt newer versions; and Chrome, as the new and fast evolving system, with short version cycles, longer bug fix cycles, and a user base that very quickly adopts new versions as they become available (due largely to Chrome's mandatory automatic updates).

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