Open source software success: Measures and analysis

Sen, R and Singh, S S and Borle, S (2012) Open source software success: Measures and analysis. Decision Support Systems, 52 (2). 364 - 372.

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Despite a growing body of research on OSS production, much remains to be learned. One important issue concerns the measures of OSS project success and its determinants. In this paper, we empirically study the determinants of OSS success as measured by the number of subscribers and developers working on an OSS project. Furthermore, we demonstrate that our model forecasts these success measures more accurately as compared to a naive model. We find that OSS projects that develop software to work on Windows/UNIX/Linux operating systems, and developed using C or its derivative languages experience larger increase in subscribers and attract more developers than projects that do not have these characteristics. OSS projects with semi-restrictive licenses have fewer subscribers and attract fewer developers. Interestingly, OSS projects that accept financial donations and are targeted at IS/IT professionals have more subscribers than others, although these characteristics do not affect the developer base. The number of subscribers and developers increases with the age of the OSS project. Finally, the impact of developers on subscribers and subscribers on developers is positive and significant.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Singh, S S
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: OSS (open source software), FLOSS (free/libre/open source software), Longitudinal study, Software project success, Subscriber base
Subjects: Marketing
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 19:22
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 19:22
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