"Former Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr is completing his
doctoral thesis at the Centre for Technology Management, University
of Cambridge. Entitled 'Quality Improvement in Volunteer, Free, and
Open Source Project: Exploring the Impact of Release Management,'
his thesis is based on case studies of major free and open source
software (FOSS) project, including Debian, GNOME, the Linux kernel,
OpenOffice.org, Plone, and X.org. A supporter of the open access
movement, which tries to make academic work as widely available as
possible, Michlmayr is blogging and discussing his work as often as
possible. He also plans to make the final version of his thesis
available on the Internet. As part of his efforts, Michlmayr talked
to Linux.com about why he concludes that regularly scheduled
releases are desirable in large FOSS projects.
"Michlmayr says that FOSS projects have two characteristics that
make them unique in software development. First, their members are
geographically dispersed, which delays communication..."