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Open Source Communities and Forks: A Rereading in the Light of Albert Hirschman's Writings

Abstract : 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 sometimes experience 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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Robert Viseur, Amel Charleux. Open Source Communities and Forks: A Rereading in the Light of Albert Hirschman's Writings. 17th IFIP International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS), May 2021, Lathi/virtual event, Finland. pp.59-67, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-75251-4_6⟩. ⟨hal-03254062⟩

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