Issue VI

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Free Software: Research & Development

Volume: 2007, No.VI

Date: December 2007

Guest Editors: Manuel Palomo-Duarte, José-Rafael Rodríguez-Galván,
  Israel Herraiz-Tabernero and Andrea Capiluppi

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Free Software: Research & Development

In recent years free software has evolved from being a software development model (with all its ethical and technical implications) to playing a key role in the development strategies of companies, institutions, regions and even entire countries. Examples such as the Brazilian Government’s support of Free Software or the Andalusian Regional Government’s adoption of free licensing for all its developments have caused more and more institutions and associations to study the long term implications of adopting the free software model.

One of the most important milestones was the “Study on the economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU”, developed for the European Commission by UNUMERIT. It concludes that Free Software offers one of the best chances for the European ICT sector to become a worldwide player and promote RDI (Research, Development & Innovation) initiatives.

Also included in this issue the UPgrade European NETwork section from the publication Novática by the Spanish Member Society, Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI).


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • The Need for Libre Software Research in Europe by Israel Herraiz-Tabernero, José-Rafael Rodríguez-Galván and Manuel Palomo-Duarte
  • From Cathedral to the Bazaar: An Empirical Study of the Lifecycle of Volunteer Community Projects by Andrea Capiluppi and Martin Michlmayr
  • The Commons as New Economy and what this Means for Research by Richard P. Gabriel
  • Libre Software for Research by Israel Herraiz-Tabernero, Juan-José Amor-Iglesias and Álvaro del Castillo-San Félix
  • Technological Innovation in Mobile Communications Developed with Free Software: Campus Ubicuo by Javier Carmona-Murillo, José-Luis González-Sánchez and Manuel Castro-Ruiz
  • The Case of the University of Cadiz's Free Software Office among Spanish Universities by José-Rafael Rodríguez-Galván, Manuel Palomo-Duarte, Juan-Carlos González-Cerezo, Gerardo Aburruzaga-García, Antonio García-Domínguez and Alejandro Álvarez-Ayllón
  • On Understanding how to Introduce an Innovation to an Open Source Project by Christopher Oezbek and Lutz Prechelt
  • 3D Distributed Rendering and Optimization using Free Software by Carlos González-Morcillo, Gerhard Weiss, David Vallejo-Fernández, Luis Jiménez-Linares and Javier Albusac-Jiménez
  • Identifying Success and Tragedy of FLOSS Commons: A Preliminary Classification of Projects by Robert English and Charles M. Schweik