Identifying “Underproduced” Software #OpenSource

Via Copyrighteous, critical software we all rely on can silently crumble away beneath us.

Unfortunately, we often don’t find out software infrastructure is in poor condition until it is too late. Over the last year or so, there has been a project to measure software underproduction—a term used to describe software that is low in quality but high in importance.

Underproduction reflects an important type of risk in widely used free/libre open source software (FLOSS) because participants often choose their own projects and tasks. Because FLOSS contributors work as volunteers and choose what they work on, important projects aren’t always the ones to which FLOSS developers devote the most attention. Even when developers want to work on important projects, relative neglect among important projects is often difficult for FLOSS contributors to see.

See the video below and the full article here.


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