Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz - Landau
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The Role of Firm-Sponsored Developers in Open Source Software Communities

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The way in which companies benefit from open source software (OSS) communities varies and corresponds with the business strategy they maintain. One way of establishing influence in OSS communities is by deploying own resources to an OSS project. Assigning own paid developers to work for an OSS project, like the Linux kernel project, is a suitable means to influence project work. On the other hand, the pertinent literature on user communities and governance in OSS maintains that a large proportion of influence individuals have in a community depends on their position in the community. In this talk, I will give an update on my ongoing work on analyzing firm-sponsored developers, which are active in the Linux kernel community.


23.10.14 - 08:15
B 016