Release Management in Free Software Projects: Practices and Problems

  • Martin Michlmayr, University of Cambridge
  • Francis Hunt, University of Cambridge
  • David Probert, University of Cambridge


Release management plays an important role in every software project since it is concerned with the delivery of a high quality product to end-users. This paper explores release practices employed by volunteer free software projects and shows problems that occur. A challenge that has been identified is the difficulty of coordinating a distributed team of volunteers in order to align their work for a release.



Michlmayr, M., Hunt, F., Probert, D. R. (2007). Release Management in Free Software Projects: Practices and Problems. In: Feller, J., Fitzgerald, B., Scacchi, W., Silitti, A. (Eds.), Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation. 295–300.