Evaluation of FLOSS by Analyzing Its Software Evolution: An Example using the Moodle Platform

Evaluation of FLOSS by Analyzing Its Software Evolution: An Example using the Moodle Platform

Héctor J. Macho (Rey Juan Carlos University, Fuenlabrada, Spain), Gregorio Robles (Rey Juan Carlos University, Fuenlabrada, Spain) and Jesus M. González-Barahona (Rey Juan Carlos University, Fuenlabrada, Spain)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/JITR.2015010105

Abstract

In today's world, management often rely on FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software) systems to run their organizations. However, the nature of FLOSS is different from the software they have been using in the last decades. Its development model is distributed, and its authors are diverse as many volunteers and companies may collaborate in the project. In this paper, the authors want to shed some light on how to evaluate a FLOSS system by looking at the Moodle platform, which is currently the most used learning management system among educational institutions worldwide. In contrast with other evaluation models that have been proposed so far, the one presented here is based on retrieving historical information that can be obtained publicly from the Internet, allowing the authors to study its evolution. As a result, they will show how using their methodology management can take informed decisions that lower the risk that organizations face when investing in a FLOSS system.
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This section introduces research and proposals related to the evaluation of FLOSS projects. Several FLOSS evaluation frameworks exist. We will present OpenBRRTM, one of the first FLOSS assessment models and undoubtedly the most known one, whose philosophy sums up many of the characteristics that are common to most of the evaluation frameworks.

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