A qualitative study of the LINUX open source community Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
  • Zhao, Hui
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • This paper explores the factors and mechanisms underlying the evolution of the LINUX software and community. A study was done to investigate the development process of the open source culture in general, with an emphasis on the growth and current issues related to LINUX. In addition to studying the history of LINUX and the open source movement, a survey of how LINUX users and developers perceive the LINUX phenomenon was undertaken by posting a questionnaire to two Internet Linux newsgroups: comp.os.linux.development.system and comp.os.linux.misc. Results showed that people appreciate the freedom LINUX offers--both freedom to modify and customize to one's needs as well as freedom from paying for the software. Contributions to the system noted that giving away their work gave them inherent pleasure and also brought personal recognition. Factors that led to LINUX success and sustainability include a strong leader and good Internet communication infrastructure.
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  • Marchionini, Gary
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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