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Thesis in pictures

Here is a collection of all the illustrations tables, and figures in the thesis. I believe this is the quickest andmost entertaining way of getting an overview of the content in the thesis. Scroll down and have a look!


Table 1. Characteristics of the commercial and open source software model.

Figure 2. Motivational aspects of open source development

Table 2. Business models with open source software

Figure 3. One-way translation of interests

Figure 4. N-way translations with boundary object


Figure 5. Elements of a research project. From Holter & Kalleberg (1996, p.33)

Table 3. List of interiviews.

Empirical findings

Figure 1. Novell business units and location of Linux development

Figure 7. Communities within communities

Figure 6. openSUSE release cycle (dates not exact).

Figure 8. Direction of development – external contributions

Table 4. Distribution of users and posts on developer mailing-lists.

Table 5. Main mailing list – opensuse@opensuse.org

Table 6. Employee participation on mailing lists

Figure 9. Employee participation on developer lists – users and posts.

Figure 10. Motivation for community participation – distribution of frequencies.

Analysis and discussion

Figure 11. The Novell organizational system and the interactive openSUSE system

Figure 12. Model of a bug-report

Figure 13. Keywords in the openSUSE object

Figure 14. Illustration of translations in the openSUSE object. Model derived from Star and
Griesmer (1989)

Figure 15. Target-object motivation.

Figure 16. Network of boundary objects and communication channels.

Figure 17. Participation by employees on mailing lists.

Figure 18. Internal and external pressure towards separation

Figure 19. Elements of system connectivity

Future scenarios

Status Quo






Figure 20. Split code base.


One Response

  1. Very interesting. Thank you for your work.

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