Hackers on Forking

Linus Morten Nyman

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All open source licenses allow the copying of an existing body of code for use as the basis of a separate development project. This practice is commonly known as forking the code. This paper presents the results of a study in which 11 programmers were interviewed about their opinions on the right to fork and the impact of forking on open source software development.

The results show that there is a general consensus among programmers’ views regarding both the favourable and unfavourable aspects that stem from the right to fork. Interestingly, while all programmers noted potential downsides to the right to fork, it was seen by all as an integral component of open source software, and a right that must not be infringed regardless of circumstance or outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym '14)
PublisherACM - Association for Computing Machinery
Publication date27.08.2014
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3016-9
Publication statusPublished - 27.08.2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
Event The International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym '14) - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 27.08.201429.08.2014
Conference number: 10


  • 512 Business and Management
  • KOTA2014


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