OSS 2021
Wed 12 May 2021

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.

Open source communities and forks: a rereading in the light of Albert Hirschman's writings (oss-2021-rv_ac-fork.pdf)175KiB