The role of trust in OSS communities - Case Linux Kernel community

Maria Antikainen, Timo Aaltonen, Jaani Väisänen

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    Abstract

    Open source software development has been the subject of interest among businesses as well as in the academic world. OSS enables many possibilities for companies but also sets new kinds of challenges. Because of the characteristics of the OSS phenomenon we propose that trust in OSS communities plays a key role in facilitating their success. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the factors that affect trust in OSS communities. The data is gathered by a survey aimed to Linux Kernel developers. Among other results it may be concluded that the most important factors affecting trust seem to be other developers' skills, reputation as well as the formal and informal practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOpen Source Development, Adoption and Innovation
    Subtitle of host publicationIFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software, June 11-14, 2007, Limerick, Ireland
    EditorsJoseph Feller, Brian Fizgerald, Walt Scacchi, Alberto Sillitti
    Place of PublicationBoston
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages223-228
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-72486-7
    ISBN (Print)978-0-387-72485-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2007
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventThe Third International Conference on Open Source Systems. Limerick, Ireland, 11 - 14 June 2007 -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …

    Publication series

    SeriesIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
    Volume234
    ISSN1571-5736

    Conference

    ConferenceThe Third International Conference on Open Source Systems. Limerick, Ireland, 11 - 14 June 2007
    Period1/01/07 → …

    Keywords

    • Case study
    • Linux Kernel
    • OSS community
    • Survey
    • Trust

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