To Fork or Not to Fork: Fork Motivations in SourceForge Projects

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dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Information Systems Science, Helsinki en
dc.contributor.author Nyman, Linus Morten
dc.contributor.author Mikkonen, Tommi
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-18T10:43:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-18T10:43:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Nyman , L M & Mikkonen , T 2011 , ' To Fork or Not to Fork: Fork Motivations in SourceForge Projects ' in Open Source Systems: Grounding Research : IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , pp. 259-268 IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , vol. 365/2011 . , 10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_18 en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 589267
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/36879
dc.description.abstract A project fork occurs when software developers take a copy of source code from one software package and use it to begin an independent development work that is maintained separately from its origin. Although forking in open source software does not require the permission of the original authors, the new version, nevertheless, competes for the attention of the same developers that have worked on the original version. The motivations developers have for performing forks are many, but in general they have received little attention. In this paper, we present the results of a study of forks performed in SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/) and list the developers’ motivations for their actions. The main motivation, seen in close to half of the cases of forking, was content modification; either adding content to the original program or focusing the content to the needs of a specific segment of users. In a quarter of the cases the motivation was technical modification; either porting the program to new hardware or software, or improving the original. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Open Source Systems: Grounding Research IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
dc.relation.ispartofseries IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences en
dc.subject KOTA2011 en
dc.title To Fork or Not to Fork: Fork Motivations in SourceForge Projects en
dc.type A4 Conference proceedings
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_18
dc.type.dcmitype document
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/conferencePaper
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