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The Life and Death of Software Ecosystems

  • Raula Gaikovina KulaEmail author
  • Gregorio Robles
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Abstract

Software ecosystems have gained a lot of attention in recent times. Industry and developers gather around technologies and collaborate to their advancement; when the boundaries of such an effort go beyond certain amount of projects, we are witnessing the appearance of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) ecosystems. In this chapter, we explore two aspects that contribute to a healthy ecosystem, related to the attraction (and detraction) and the death of ecosystems. To function and survive, ecosystems need to attract people, get them onboarded, and retain them. In Section One, we explore possibilities with provocative research questions for attracting and detracting contributors (and users): the lifeblood of FLOSS ecosystems. Then, in the Section Two, we focus on the death of systems, exploring some presumed to be dead systems and their state in the afterlife.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nara Institute of Science and TechnologyIkomaJapan
  2. 2.Universidad Rey Juan CarlosMóstolesSpain

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