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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: Short questionnaire about bachelor thesis
Date Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:04:08 GMT
On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:56:02 +0200
Sebastian Tischer <> wrote:

> Good afternoon,
> my name is Sebastian Tischer and I am student of business and economics 
> at the university of technology in Dresden.
> At the end of these studies it is mandatory to write a bachelor thesis 
> which is the last exam before having officially finished the studies.
> The topic of my thesis is: "Open Source Software - An analysis of the 
> integration of external knowledge carriers based on selected examples".
> What does this topic actually mean?
> I am investigating and analyzing various open source companies about the 
> way they handle external knowledge of users, contributors and developers.
> These information will be compared with the structure of the company, 
> the used tools, techniques and documentations.
> At the end I want to draw a conclusion with the effect, telling which 
> company makes the best use of external knowledge and where might be 
> improvement.
> For that purpose I have a few question prepared and would be very happy 
> if you support me answering these questions in order to complete my 
> survey and the thesis resulting on them...
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 1. Who is allowed to contribute to the source code?
> 2. Which criteria need to be fulfilled to contribute?
> 3. What control mechanisms exist to check which code gets into the 
> productive system?
> 4. How is the approval process going on to let people contribute?
> 5. What can be contributed by developers or users? Where is the cut 
> within the development process (untouched parts of the application)?
> 6. What system is used to contribute? Git?
> 7. Is it possible to develop within the core sourcecode? Change core 
> functionalities or just fix bugs and create extensions?
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> If you don't like to get mentioned as source within these paper, then 
> this is no problem! I will only use the given information then and treat 
> your answers completely anonymous...
> If you have any further question regarding my survey feel free to ask 
> them anytime.
> Best wishes and thank you in advance

You might find it of use to review this topic on the en-Forum, where a number of Swedish students
posed various questions to the Forum volunteers on the subject of OpenSource programming.

Rory O'Farrell <>

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