What makes free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects successful? An agent-based model of FLoSS projects

Nicholas P. Radtke, Marcus Janssen, James Collofello

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Abstract

The last few years have seen a rapid increase in the number of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Some of these projects, such as Linux and the Apache web server, have become phenomenally successful. However, for every successful FLOSS project there are dozens of FLOSS projects which never succeed. These projects fail to attract developers and/or consumers and, as a result, never get off the ground. The aim of this research is to better understand why some FLOSS projects flourish while others wither and die. This article presents a simple agent-based model that is calibrated on key patterns of data from Source Forge, the largest online site hosting open source projects. The calibrated model provides insight into the conditions necessary for FLOSS success and might be used for scenario analysis of future developments of FLOSS. [Article copies are available for purchase from InfoSci-on-Demand.com].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Open Source Software and Processes
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Agent-based model
  • Emergent properties
  • Floss
  • Open source
  • Prediction success
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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