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A Review of Tool Support for User-Related Communication in FLOSS Development

Abstract : Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects rely on Internet tools for communication and in coordinating their work. Communication between developers is well supported in FLOSS projects, but user-developer communication has proven out to be challenging. This paper examines the following questions: ”What kinds of means for communication exist in FLOSS projects for user-developer communication? What kinds of means should there be?” We have carried out a literature review addressing communication in FLOSS projects, and contrasted the findings with Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) literature on user-developer communication. HCI literature indicates that user-developer communication is needed during requirements construction, design and evaluation tasks, and HCI specialists are needed for orchestrating the communication and the user related tasks. Communication during the evaluation task is somewhat supported in FLOSS projects, but design and requirements construction are badly in need for support, even though ideas have already been presented. In addition, HCI specialists are in need of different kinds of communication support in FLOSS projects.
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Aapo Rantalainen, Henrik Hedberg, Netta Iivari. A Review of Tool Support for User-Related Communication in FLOSS Development. 9th Open Source Software (OSS), Oct 2011, Salvador, Brazil. pp.90-105, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_7⟩. ⟨hal-01570755⟩

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