Journal of Information Systems Applied Research


V14 N4 Pages 29-39

Dec 2021

Open Source Software: A Detailed Analysis of Contributions and Quality

Alan Peslak
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton
Dunmore, PA USA

Scott Hunsinger
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC USA

Abstract: Open source software has been an option for many applications since the dawn of computing. Simply put, open source is “software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.” (Oxford dictionary). But with this free software, there often comes little support and sometimes perceived or actual questionable quality. Our study examines the current attitudes and participation among the developer community towards contributing to open source software as well as the present perceptions of quality among this group. Overall, we find that levels of participation are relatively low but do vary by demographic factors. Also, the perceived levels of quality remain below proprietary/closed source software, but again, demographics and country of origin show much variation.

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Recommended Citation: Peslak, A., Hunsinger, S., (2021). Open Source Software: A Detailed Analysis of Contributions and Quality. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research14(4) pp 29-39. http://JISAR.org/2021-4/ ISSN : 1946 - 1836. A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2020