Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142507
Authors: 
Sen, Ravi
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
EERI Research Paper Series 2/2006
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
Open source project
OSS
FLOSS
JEL: 
A13
L17
C20
C88
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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