Question: What are a number of technical forks of an open source project on code development platforms?
Context Tags: Platform, Software
Keyword Tags: Fork, Clone, Copy, Download
A technical fork is a distributed version control copy of a project. The number of technical forks indicates the number of copies of a project on the same code development platform.
Note: Many times technical fork and clones are used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. A technical fork is a copy of a repository on the same platform, whereas a clone is a copy on a local machine.
The objective of the Technical Fork metric is to ascertain how many copies of a project exist on a code development platform. Analysis of technical forks may provide insight into forking intentions (different types of forks such as contributing, and non-contributing forks).
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- Time Period (e.g., Weekly, Monthly, Annually)
- Ratio of contributing fork to total forks (A contributing fork is a fork that has opened a change request against the original repository.)
- Ratio of non-contributing fork to total forks (A non-contributing fork is a fork that has never opened a change request against the original repository.)
Tools Providing the Metric
- Vinod Ahuja
- Sean Goggins
- Matt Germonprez
- Kevin Lumbard
- Dawn Foster
- Elizabeth Barron
This metric was last reviewed on September 1, 2022 as part of recurring review process.