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Exploratory Analysis of Free and Open Source Software Ecology

Exploratory Analysis of Free and Open Source Software Ecology
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Author(s): K.G. Srinivasa (Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Government Engineering College, India), Ganesh Chandra Deka (M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India)and Krishnaraj P.M. (M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 9
Source title: Research Anthology on Usage and Development of Open Source Software
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9158-1.ch002

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Abstract

Shared repositories provide a host of services to start and sustain a FOSS project. They also share the details of projects with researchers. Sourceforge.net is a popular and populous forge with total number of projects exceeding 400,000 and developers counting more than 3 million as of Jan 2015. The evolution of this forge is studied and it was found that there is a small slide in the number of developers since September 2011. The existence of power law in Sourceforge.net is confirmed. The visualisation of developer relations reveal that there is a separate core and periphery groups of developers in Sourceforge.net and this trend was found to repeat in other forges like Freecode and Rubyforge.

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