Forking: the Invisible Hand of Sustainability in Open Source Software

Linus Morten Nyman, Tommi Mikkonen, Juho Lindman, Martin Fougère

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The ability to create and maintain high-quality software artifacts that preserve their usability over time is one of the most essential characteristics of the software business. In such a setting, open source software offers excellent examples of sustainability. In particular, safeguarding mechanisms against planned obsolescence by any single actor are built into the very definition of open source development. The most powerful of these safeguarding mechanisms is the ability to fork the project as a whole. In this position paper, we argue that the possibility to fork any open source program serves as the invisible hand of sustainability, ensuring that the code can always remain open and that the code that best fulfills the needs of the community will live on.
Titel på gästpublikationProceedings of SOS 2011: Towards Sustainable Open Source : Towards Sustainable Open Source
RedaktörerImed Hammouda, Björn Lundell
Antal sidor5
VolymDepartment of Software Systems. Report 19
FörlagTampere University of Technology
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-952-15-2718-0
StatusPublicerad - 2011
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangSOS 2011: Towards Sustainable Open Source Workshop - Salvador, Brasilien
Varaktighet: 08.10.201108.10.2011


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