Open Source Software

  • Peter Buxmann
  • Heiner Diefenbach
  • Thomas Hess


Software providers in the narrower sense create software in order to generate license sales and in some cases, revenue from services. A different motivation lies behind open source projects. Software developers come together in an international community to pool their knowledge and jointly solve a problem. In this scenario, many developers invest their time, normally without being paid. But it does not follow that open source software (OSS) is irrelevant in an economic sense. In this chapter, we will explore the fundamental questions that OSS poses to the software industry and to users.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Information Systems/WirtschaftsinformatikTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.TDS AGNeckarsulmGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Information Systems and New MediaLMU MünchenMunichGermany

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