Free/Open Source Software Development : Results and Research Methods

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Title: Free/Open Source Software Development : Results and Research Methods
Author: Kivekäs, Otso
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, Department of Computer Science
Thesis level: Master's thesis
Abstract: Free and open source software development is an alternative to traditional software engineering as an approach to the development of complex software systems. It is a way of developing software based on geographically distributed teams of volunteers without apparent central plan or traditional mechanisms of coordination. The purpose of this thesis is to summarize the current knowledge about free and open source software development and explore the ways on which further understanding on it could be gained. The results of research on the field as well as the research methods are introduced and discussed. Also adapting software process metrics to the context of free and open source software development is illustrated and the possibilities to utilize them as tools to validate other research are discussed.
URI: URN:NBN:fi-fe200808041748
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/21465
Date: 2008-06-25
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