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Information 2017, 8(3), 109; doi:10.3390/info8030109

Frequent Releases in Open Source Software: A Systematic Review

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sistemas e Computação (PPGCOMP), Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Salvador 41770-235, Brazil
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Departamento de Ciências e Tecnologias da Informação (ISTA), Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), 1649-026 Lisbon, Portugal
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Departamento de Informática (DI), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (UNL), 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
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Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 12 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG))
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Abstract

Context: The need to accelerate software delivery, supporting faster time-to-market and frequent community developer/user feedback are issues that have led to relevant changes in software development practices. One example is the adoption of Rapid Release (RR) by several Open Source Software projects (OSS). This raises the need to know how these projects deal with software release approaches. Goal: Identify the main characteristics of software release initiatives in OSS projects, the motivations behind their adoption, strategies applied, as well as advantages and difficulties found. Method: We conducted a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) to reach the stated goal. Results: The SLR includes 33 publications from January 2006 to July 2016 and reveals nine advantages that characterize software release approaches in OSS projects; four challenge issues; three possibilities of implementation and two main motivations towards the adoption of RR; and finally four main strategies to implement it. Conclusion: This study provides an up-to-date and structured understanding of the software release approaches in the context of OSS projects based on findings systematically collected from a list of relevant references in the last decade. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapid release; systematic literature review; open source software projects rapid release; systematic literature review; open source software projects
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Cesar Brandão Gomes da Silva, A.; de Figueiredo Carneiro, G.; Brito e Abreu, F.; Pessoa Monteiro, M. Frequent Releases in Open Source Software: A Systematic Review. Information 2017, 8, 109.

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