"In the last two years, Martin Michlmayr has gone from serving
as Debian Project Leader to studying for a doctorate at the Centre
for Technology Management, University of Cambridge. His
dissertation, tentatively titled 'Quality Improvement in Volunteer
Free Software Projects: Exploring the Impact of Release
Management,' is sponsored by Google, Intel, and other companies
with an interest in free software development. Michlmayr told
NewsForge he sees the need for quality assurance as the price that
many projects must pay for their popularity and growing maturity.
However, in order to perceive this need correctly, he believes,
projects need to take a revised look at the familiar dichotomy of
the cathedral and the bazaar.
"QA is often neglected in the free software community. So why is
Michlmayr interested enough to center his degree work on
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