On the impact of product quality attributes on open source project evolution

António César B. Gomes da Silva, Glauco de Figueiredo Carneiro, Miguel Pessoa Monteiro, Fernando Brito e Abreu, Kattiana Constantino, Eduardo Figueiredo

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Context: Several Open Source Software (OSS) projects have adopted frequent releases as a strategy to deliver both new features and fixed bugs on time. This cycle begins with express requests from the project’s community, registered as issues in bug repositories by active users and developers. Each OSS project has its own priorities established by their respective communities. A a still open question is the set of criteria and priorities that influence the decisions of which issues should be analyzed, implemented/solved and delivered in next releases. In this paper, we present an exploratory study whose goal is to investigate the influence of target product quality attributes in software evolution practices of OSS projects. The goal is to search for evidence of relationships between these target attributes, priorities assigned to the registered issues and the ways they are delivered by product releases. To this end, we asked six participants of an exploratory study to identify these attributes through the data analysis of repositories of three well-known OSS projects: Libre Office, Eclipse and Mozilla Firefox. Evidence indicated by the participants suggest that OSS community developers use criteria/ priorities driven by specific software product quality attributes, to plan and integrate software releases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology – New Generations - 14th International Conference on Information Technology
EditorsShahram Latifi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319549774
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event14th International Conference on Information Technology - New Generations, ITNG 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201712 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference14th International Conference on Information Technology - New Generations, ITNG 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Open Source Software (OSS) projects
  • Software product quality attributes
  • Software releases


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