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Tuesday, February 14 • 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Technical Debt for Linux-based Distributions: Estimating What You are Missing - Jesus M Gonzalez-Barahona, Bitergia & Paul Sherwood, Codethink

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Linux-based distributions are the core of many software systems. Every time they are deployed, installed packages are already lagging behind wavefront upstream versions, causing a certain "technical debt". As time passes, this technical debt only increases, until packages are updated.

Estimating the lag between what is available upstream, or in a given "gold standard" distribution, and in a certain deployment, is not easy. But when deciding if it is time to upgrade, estimating that lag is fundamental, because that is the main reason for the upgrade, which has to be confronted to other reasons to stay in the deployed version: stability, "it just works", familiarity for maintainers, etc.

This talk will elaborate on the this "technical debt" (or lag) for distributions, its importance in real-world cases, and how it can estimated, including real examples and ways of measuring it.

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Jesus M Gonzalez-Barahona

Co-Founder, Bitergia
I'm one of the founders of Bitergia, the software development analytics company, and associate professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. I've been working in quantitative empirical analysis of FOSS development for years, participating in several international R&D projects. I'm currently... Read More →
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Paul Sherwood

Chairman, Codethink
Paul Sherwood is Chairman of Codethink, which provides advanced software engineering primarily for FOSS, embedded systems, automotive systems and cloud infrastructure. Paul has an MA in Engineering from Oxford University. He developed his first commercial software in 1981, founded... Read More →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 2:40pm - 3:10pm PST
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