The institutions of open source software: examining the Debian community

Mateos-Garcia, Juan and Steinmueller, W. Edward (2008) The institutions of open source software: examining the Debian community Information, Economics and Policy, 20 (4). pp. 333-344. ISSN 0167-6245

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Free and open source software activities involve and, perhaps, evolve institutions (rules, norms and standards) that influence the formation, growth, and demise of communities. Community institutions are attractors for some individuals while discouraging other individuals from entering or continuing to participate. Their suitability may change as a community grows. This paper examines the institutions of the Debian community where issues of community identity, distribution of authority, and decentralisation have facilitated growth and development. These same institutions have also resulted in conflicts regarding community purposes and the quality and delivery of the community’s output. We examine the institutional redesign undertaken to address these problems and derive implications for F/LOS communities and companies.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Information, Economics and Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Information, Economics and Policy, 20, 4, 2008 10.1016/j.infoecopol.2008.06.001
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open source software; Debian; institutions; user communities; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.infoecopol.2008.06.001
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01

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