Developer autonomy in the FreeBSD open source project
AbstractDelegation of authority is the basic approach to coordination of work in FreeBSD, an open source software (OSS) project that develops and maintains an operating system. This essay combines a software engineering perspective with a knowledge creation perspective to discuss three central mechanisms in FreeBSD: (1) motivation, (2) quality control by frequent building, and (3) bugfixing by parallel debugging. It is argued that frequent building is the project’s key coordinating mechanism, and that build breakdowns play a constructive role in the processes of knowledge creation in FreeBSD. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
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Volume (Year): 11 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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Frequent building; Knowledge creation; Open source; Quality assurance;
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