Roberto Di Cosmo, Berke Durak, Xavier Leroy, Fabio Mancinelli, and
Maintaining large software distributions: new challenges from the
In Proceedings of the FRCSS 2006 workshop, 2006.
In the mainstream adoption of free and open source software (FOSS),
distribution editors play a crucial role: they package, integrate and
distribute a wide variety of software, written in a variety of
languages, for a variety of purposes of unprecedented breadth.
Ensuring the quality of a FOSS distribution is a technical and
engineering challenge, owing to the size and complexity of these
distributions (tens of thousands of software packages). A number of
original topics for research arise from this challenge. This paper is
a gentle introduction to this new research area, and strives to
clearly and formally identify many of the desirable properties that
must be enjoyed by these distributions to ensure an acceptable quality
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