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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!


Theory

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


Methodology

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


Integration


Extinction


Divergence


Failure


Bridge


Figure 20. Split code base.


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One Response

  1. Very interesting. Thank you for your work.

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