Adoption of Open Source in the Software Industry

  • Øyvind Hauge
  • Carl-Fredrik Sørensen
  • Reidar Conradi
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 275)

Abstract

Is Open Source Software (OSS) undergoing a transformation to a more commercially viable form? We have performed a survey to investigate the adoption of OSS in the Norwegian software industry. The survey was based on an extensive screening of software companies, with more than 700 responses. The survey results support the transformation predicted by Fitzgerald [4]. Close to 50% of the software industry integrate OSS components into vertical solutions serving all major business sectors. In addition, more than 30% of the 95 respondents in our survey have more than 40% of their income from OSS related services or software. The extensive adoption of OSS in the software industry may be a precursor of the OSS adoption in other business sectors.

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Øyvind Hauge
    • 1
  • Carl-Fredrik Sørensen
    • 1
  • Reidar Conradi
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway

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