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Thesis on openSUSE Published

May 24th, 2008 by

A year’s research on Novell and the openSUSE project is now published as a master’s thesis at the University of Oslo. “Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities” details the collaboration between Novell and the openSUSE community. Community members and employees in Novell have participated in the study.

The study deals with the tension between openness and control often found in projects that mesh corporate entities with the open source community. On the one hand, Novell wants to enable participation and contributions from external contributors, but cannot turn over full
control to the community because it produces its enterprise product from openSUSE.

The study finds that the relationship between the community and Novell is evolving rapidly, and how the relationship works and where it may go.

A summary of the study, the full thesis, and pictures are available at Jan Fredrik’s Weblog.

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2 Responses to “Thesis on openSUSE Published”

  1. Ryan

    Good thesis. I’m sure there is some tension about the fact that openSUSE doesn’t have as much control over development as they could. But, there are technologies in openSUSE that Novell may want to test before putting in their enterprise product. That benefits people who use openSUSE because they have the technology before SLED users. And hopefully that will provide for some testing and perfecting before it’s incorporated into SLED. If SLED gains in popularity, it will generate revenues, and eventually it will generate funding for openSUSE. Yay, to that!

  2. Ryan

    OpenSource and Linux, specifically, is working: