Collecting data from distributed FOSS projects

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science en Fagerholm, Fabian Taina, Juha 2010-12-15T13:57:34Z 2010-12-15T13:57:34Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Fagerholm , F & Taina , J 2008 , ' Collecting data from distributed FOSS projects ' , pp. 5-11 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 953382
dc.identifier.other dawa_publication: 178482
dc.description.abstract A key trait of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) development is its distributed nature. Nevertheless, two project-level operations, the fork and the merge of program code, are among the least well understood events in the lifespan of a FOSS project. Some projects have explicitly adopted these operations as the primary means of concurrent development. In this study, we examine the effect of highly distributed software development, is found in the Linux kernel project, on collection and modelling of software development data. We find that distributed development calls for sophisticated temporal modelling techniques where several versions of the source code tree can exist at once. Attention must be turned towards the methods of quality assurance and peer review that projects employ to manage these parallel source trees. Our analysis indicates that two new metrics, fork rate and merge rate, could be useful for determining the role of distributed version control systems in FOSS projects. The study presents a preliminary data set consisting of version control and mailing list data. en
dc.format.extent 7
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the Workshop on Public Data about Software Development 2008 The 4th International Conference on Open Source Systems
dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences en
dc.subject software engineering: metrics en
dc.subject software engineering: management en
dc.subject software configuration management en
dc.subject information systems applications en
dc.title Collecting data from distributed FOSS projects en
dc.type A4 Article in conference publication (refereed)
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.dcmitype textfile
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/conferencePaper
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion
dc.contributor.uhperson Fagerholm, Fabian
dc.contributor.uhperson Taina, Juha

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