A Survey of Open Source Software
SHANTA PHANI, Sameer Alam, Md Saqlain Salim, Md Shahabuddin, Md Zishan, Rittik Maity, Ravi Kant Ray
Economics of Open-Source, Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS), Innovation, Strategic Interaction, Software Market.
The entry and success of Open Source Software (OSS), e.g. Linux’s entry into the operating systems market, has fundamentally changed industry structures in the software business. In this paper, we explore the process of open-source software innovation and highlight the impact of increased competition and different cost structures on innovative activity in the industry. In a simple model, we formalize the Innovation impact of OSS entry by examining a change in market structure from monopoly to duopoly under the assumption that software producers compete in technology rather than price or quantities. The model captures development costs and total cost of ownership, whereby the latter captures items such as network externalities. The paper identifies a pro-innovative effect of both intra-OSS and extra-OSS competition.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 8

Page(s): 656 - 666
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