The influence of software product quality attributes on open source projects: A characterization study

Antonio Cesar Brandao Silva, Kattiana Constantino, Glauco De Figueiredo Carneiro, Antonio Carlos M. De Paula, Eduardo Figueiredo, Miguel P. Monteiro, Fernando Brito E Abreu

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Abstract

Several Open Source Software (OSS) projects have adopted frequent releases as a strategy to deliver both new features and fix bugs on time. These entails 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 still open question is to what extent these priorities influence selection of the issues that should be tackled first, implemented/solved and delivered in subsequent releases. In this paper, we present an exploratory study on the influence of target product quality attributes in software release practices of OSS projects. The goal is to search for evidence that clarify the relationships between target attributes, priorities assigned to the registered issues and the ways they are delivered by product releases. To this end, we asked a set of participants to identify these attributes through the data analysis of repositories of three well-known OSS projects: Libre Office, Eclipse and Mozilla Firefox. Evidence provided by the participants suggest that OSS community developers use criteria/priorities driven by specific software product quality attributes to plan and perform software releases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
PublisherSciTePress
Pages29-39
Number of pages11
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582486
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2017 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Apr 201729 Apr 2017

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2017
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period26/04/1729/04/17

Keywords

  • Open source software (oss) projects
  • Software product quality attributes
  • Software releases

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    Silva, A. C. B., Constantino, K., De Figueiredo Carneiro, G., De Paula, A. C. M., Figueiredo, E., Monteiro, M. P., & E Abreu, F. B. (2017). The influence of software product quality attributes on open source projects: A characterization study. In ICEIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (Vol. 2, pp. 29-39). SciTePress.