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Defining Software Evolvability from a Free/OpenSource Software Perspective

JC Deprez et al., Defining Software Evolvability from a Free/OpenSource Software Perspective, In Proc. of 2nd Workshop on Software Evolution, Paris, France, Oct 1st, 2007.

This paper studies various sources of information to identify factors that influence the evolvability of Free
and OpenSource
Software (FlOSS) endeavors. The sources reviewed to extract criteria are (1) interviews
with FlOSS integrators, (2) the scientific literature, and (3) existing standard, norms as well as (4) three
quality assessment methodologies specific to FlOSS , namely, QSOS, OpenBRR and Open Source
Maturity Model. This effort fits in the larger scope of QUALOSS, a research project funded by the European
Commission, whose goal is to develop a methodology to assess the evolvability and robustness of FlOSS
endeavors.