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The Practice of Free and Open Source Software Processes


Free and Open Source Software (\textsc{F/oss}) is widespread today. \textsc{F/oss} is primarily a movement that permits access to software source code, and, encompasses a software development paradigm that harnesses the efforts of a distributed community. \textsc{F/oss} is not simply a computer science phenomenon, but also a social, economic and legal one. The goal of this survey paper is to examine the operational challenges facing \textsc{F/oss} today, and to review tools, methods and projects that seek to address these. We conclude that the major open challenge is the design of information systems that address community management issues with the same rigor as current tools address content management issues, and that provides support for both \textsc{f/oss} production and support processes.
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inria-00274193 , version 1 (25-04-2008)
inria-00274193 , version 2 (29-05-2008)


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Michel Pawlak, Ciaran Bryce, Stéphane Laurière. The Practice of Free and Open Source Software Processes. [Research Report] RR-6519, INRIA. 2008, pp.42. ⟨inria-00274193v2⟩
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