Variant Forks - Motivations and Impediments

John Businge, Ahmed Zerouali, Alexandre Decan, Tom Mens, Serge Demeyer, Coen De Roover

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Social coding platforms centred around git provide explicit facilities to share code between projects: forks, pull requests, cherry-picking to name but a few. Variant forks are an interesting phenomenon in that respect, as they permit for different projects to peacefully co-exist, yet explicitly acknowledge the common ancestry. Several researchers analysed forking practices on open source platforms and observed that variant forks get created frequently. However, little is known on the motivations for launching such a variant fork. Is it mainly technical (e.g., diverging features), governance (e.g., diverging interests), legal (e.g., diverging licences), or do other factors come into play? We report the results of an exploratory qualitative analysis on the motivations behind creating and maintaining variant forks. We surveyed 105 maintainers of different active open source variant projects hosted on GitHub. Our study extends previous findings, identifying a number of fine-grained common motivations for launching a variant fork and listing concrete impediments for maintaining the co-existing projects.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of the 29th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER 2022)
UitgeverijIEEE
Pagina's867-877
Aantal pagina's11
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-6654-3786-8
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-6654-3787-5
DOI's
StatusPublished - 2022
Evenement29th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER 2022) - University of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States
Duur: 15 mrt 202218 mrt 2022
Congresnummer: 29th
https://saner2022.uom.gr/

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NaamProceedings - 2022 IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering, SANER 2022

Conference

Conference29th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER 2022)
Verkorte titelSANER
Land/RegioUnited States
StadHonolulu
Periode15/03/2218/03/22
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Funding Information:
This work is supported by the joint FWO-Vlaanderen and F.R.S.-FNRS Excellence of Science project SECO-ASSIST under Grant number O.0157.18FRG43.

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© 2022 IEEE.

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Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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