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[chox] open source software community ...

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Von:            	Jon Anderson <jwa acm.org>
Betreff:        	[ox-en] software development as a social model (Modified by Geert Lovink)
Datum:   	Wed, 04 Oct 2006 18:40:53 -0400
An:             	Geert Lovink <geert xs4all.nl>
Antwort an:     	list-en oekonux.org

* Linux Insider (10/02/06) Lyman, Jay *

Computer science researchers at the University of California Davis will 
use a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine 
the development of open source systems such as the Apache Web server, 
PosterSQL, and the Python scripting language. The suspicion is that 
open source systems succeed where commercial proprietary programs fail 
because they avoid the developmental process where the speed of 
production is determined by the slowest contributor. The case of 
Mozilla suggests that the modularity implemented by open source systems 
increase volunteerism, because anyone can contribute at any time. UC 
Davis lead researcher and computer science professor Premkuma Devanbu 
"The belief in the open source software community 
is that open 
source turns on all the available brain power, full blast, on every 
problem, challenge, or opportunity." The purpose of the study is to put 
such ideas to the test, in order to get empirical evidence. Many stress 
that open source development benefits from the fact that contributors 
are not motivated by getting paid, and can choose what they work on. As 
no meetings and the lowest level of synchronization are necessary when 
using open source software, development can occur at parallel levels 
simultaneously, rather than requiring each step in the process to occur 
sequentially. The researchers will monitor emails, message boards, and 
bug reports for insights into what makes open source development 
projects successful. Devanbu says the case of Linux shows that 
*modularity improves the quality of the software developed, and that 
"good design allows implementation to proceed with maximum parallelism 
and minimum synchronization and coordination."*

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see also the 2 mails from s.mn to ox-de and to ox-en...

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