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Introduction To The Course

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Introduction To The Course

  1. 1. Dynamics of the libre software community Introduction to the course Israel Herraiz <herraiz@gsyc.es> th A Coruña, November 16 2007 Master on Free Software
  2. 2. Summary Second course of this master ● Main goal: to set up and manage a ● project Some research hints as well ● As in the Introduction course ● Conceptual side – Technical side – Master on Free Software
  3. 3. Bibliography Master on Free Software
  4. 4. Motivation Success and failure in software projects ● Some libre projects are very successful ● A lot of projects die young ● Those that are successful, should fail ● under the traditional wisdom on software engineering How do those projects success? How do ● we avoid a premature death? Master on Free Software
  5. 5. The good: Linux Master on Free Software
  6. 6. The good: Linux Details: http://blog.herraiz.org/archives/190 Master on Free Software
  7. 7. The ugly: Debian Master on Free Software
  8. 8. The bad: SF.net 125732 registered projects ● Master on Free Software
  9. 9. The bad: SF.net Status of the projects ● Mature 1.01% Inactive 1.62% Pre-Alpha 11.26% Alpha 14.05% Production/Stable 14.56% Planning 16.39% Beta 18.04% No status 23.07% Master on Free Software
  10. 10. Age and status (SF.net) Master on Free Software
  11. 11. Num. of developers and status (SF.net) Master on Free Software
  12. 12. Conclusions There are successful projects ● There are failures as well ● Number of developers is not a key factor ● Neither is age ● So there must be other factors ● That's what we will see in this course ● Master on Free Software
  13. 13. Conclusions Main factor: community ● This course ● How to build the community – How to manage the community – How to research the community – Master on Free Software

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