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Title: Is it all lost? A study of inactive open source projects
Authors: Khondhu, J
Capiluppi, A
Stol, K-J
Keywords: Open source;Inactive projects;Maintainability index
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: 9th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2013, Koper-Capodistria, Slovenia, June 25-28, 2013. Proceedings: Open Source Software: Quality Verification (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology), Vol 404, 61 - 79, 2013
Abstract: Open Source Software (OSS) proponents suggest that when developers lose interest in their project, their last duty is to “hand it off to a competent successor.” However, the mechanisms of such a hand-off are not clear, or widely known among OSS developers. As a result, many OSS projects, after a certain long period of evolution, stop evolving, in fact becoming “inactive” or “abandoned” projects. This paper presents an analysis of the population of projects contained within one of the largest OSS repositories available (, in order to describe how projects abandoned by their developers can be identified, and to discuss the attributes and characteristics of these inactive projects. In particular, the paper attempts to differentiate projects that experienced maintainability issues from those that are inactive for other reasons, in order to be able to correlate common characteristics to the “failure” of these projects.
Description: This is the post-print version of the published chapter. The original publication is available at the link below. Copyright @ 2013 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing.
ISBN: 978-3-642-38927-6
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