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The Future of Research in Free/Open Source Software Development

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Executive Summary

Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) development is not the same as Software Engineering (SE). Why this is so is unclear and open to various interpretations. Both address the challenges of developing large software systems, but the development processes, work practices, and project forms differ significantly and in interesting ways according to recent empirical studies. This paper reports on highlights from a workshop held in early 2010 on the future of research in FOSS, and how such research relates to or informs one's understanding of FOSS and SE, collaborative software development work, software evolution, and new software ecosystems.

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