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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 ofdoi:10.4018/jossp.2012010101 fatcat:kn7ays26fvdi3nu5zsws6ufmli