Finding the connection between OSS developers' motivation, OSS licenses and OSS popularity
Kuang-Yuan Huang, University at Albany
I will do data analysis on the OSS licenses from the SourceForge database. OSS, some people say it is a software developing methodology, asserting that "With enough eyes, all bugs become shallow," while others claim that it is an "ideology," believing that software should be free and open, everyone should have the right to access, modify, and distribute OSS. Based on different beliefs shared among different developer communities, different licensing statements came out to protect their intellectual property. Currently there are more than 70 OSS licenses and with the success of OSS in recent years, OSS licensing issues have been widely attracted academic research endeavors from various disciplines such as public policy, business, economics, computer science and information science. Based in the data analysis result, I plan to propose a research model which is used to link the connection between OSS developers' motivation, OSS licenses and OSS popularity.