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Open Source Software Development Projects: Determinants of Project Popularity

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  • Ravi Sen
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This paper is an initial exploration of the determinants of open source project success as measured by project popularity. We simultaneously model the impact of project-specific characteristics on project popularity, and the impact of intended users and choice of operating system on the choice of end-user license. These models are jointly estimated using Full Information Maximum Likelihood Method. The results show that the software-user license, age of the project, project status, certain types of potential users, and compatibility with certain operating systems have a statistically significant impact on project popularity. An interesting finding is that GPL, the most widely used software license has an adverse impact on the popularity of an open source project.

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Paper provided by Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels in its series EERI Research Paper Series with number EERI_RP_2006_02.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eei:rpaper:eeri_rp_2006_02

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Keywords: Open source project; OSS; FLOSS;

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