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MS Final Examination – Darren Forrest

Monday, June 10, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Corporate Involvement in FOSS Projects: An in-depth look at corporate contributions and implications for project governance
Free/Open Source Software developers come from a myriad of different backgrounds. While some contribute for personal reasons, many become involved because they receive compensation from corporations or foundations. The motivation for participating in a project can have dramatic impacts on how and what contribution an individual makes. These decisions may align with the needs of the community, the needs of the organization funding the individual, or both. Understanding this dynamic is pivotal to fostering a healthy community. Using socio-technical artifacts of two major FOSS projects we analyze the contributions of corporations and the implications of their involvement. We find evidence that some corporations focus on their own needs with the needs of the greater community an afterthought.

Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen
Committee: Ron Metoyer
Committee: Alex Groce
GCR: Maggie Niess

Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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