Economics of Open Source Software

TitleEconomics of Open Source Software
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsJohnson, JP
Date PublishedDecember

A simple model of open source software is presented. Individual user-programmers decide whether to invest their valuable time and effort to develop a software application that will become a public good if so developed. The benefits and drawbacks of open source versus profit driven developments are presented. The effect of changing the population size of user-programmers is considered; finite and asymptotic results (relevant for some of the larger projects that exist) are given.

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