[Fsf-friends] The social structure of FLOSS

Frederick Noronha (FN) fred@bytesforall.org
Wed May 4 00:16:41 IST 2005

REPORT: The social structure of free and open source software development

Metaphors, such as the Cathedral and Bazaar, used to describe the 
organization of FLOSS projects typically place them in sharp contrast to 
proprietary development by emphasizing FOSS's distinctive social and 
communications structures. But what do we really know about the 
communication patterns of FOSS projects? How generalizable are the 
projects that have been studied? Is there consistency across FOSS 
projects? Questioning the assumption of distinctiveness is important 
because practitioner-advocates from within the FOSS community rely on 
features of social structure to describe and account for some of 
the advantages of FOSS production. - First Monday

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