Handling variety: the tension between adaptability and interoperability of open source software

Abstract

Open source software (OSS) offers unprecedented opportunities to create variety. This could lead to incompatibility and fragmentation. To prevent this some form of coordination is needed. This paper explores which mechanisms of coordination are responsible for limiting divergence in OSS. Two cases are examined: Java and Linux. A systematic difference seems… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.csi.2004.12.004

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