Open source communities and forks: a rereading in the light of Albert Hirschman's writings
The literature dedicated to free and open source software emphasizes the support given by the community to software producers. However, the community is also a place of conflict and can experience sometimes violent splits (forks). Communities can show different forms of resistance to change. In this research, we propose a re-reading of these mechanisms of opposition in light of Albert Hirschman’s theory (exit, voice, loyalty). We present the fork as a new form of defection (exit) allowed by licenses and discuss the rationality of choice for the economic actors who implement it.
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