Time-Based Release Management in Free and Open Source (FOSS) Projects

Martin Michlmayr, Brian Fitzgerald
2012 International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes  
As the Free and Open Source (FOSS) concept has matured, its commercial significance has also increased, and issues such as quality and sustainability have moved to the fore. In this study, we focus on time-based release management in large volunteer FOSS projects, and reveal how it addresses quality and sustainability issues. We discuss the differences between release management in the traditional software context and contrast it with FOSS settings. Based on detailed case studies of a number of
more » ... prominent FOSS projects, we describe the move to time-based release management and identify the factors and criteria necessary for a successful transition. We also consider the implications for software development more generally in the current dynamic Internet-enabled environment.
doi:10.4018/jossp.2012010101 fatcat:kn7ays26fvdi3nu5zsws6ufmli