Open source software: an example in use

Greenwood, Anthony (2005) Open source software: an example in use. In: Research FEST 2005, June 2005, St Martin's College, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

“Open Source” software (OSS) is distinctive because of its licensing arrangements. In contrast to commercial software, OSS is freely distributed. Once in possession of the software, users may copy, modify, redistribute the software, or incorporate it into another product. The author used OSS to develop and write-up his MPhil thesis. This paper explores the OSS concept, finding that the ‘gift economy’ is a widely used metaphor in the practitioner literature, though the academic literature exhibits some scepticism about the depth of its applicability. It confirms that experience with the MPhil project supports the findings from the literature, and concludes by recommending that a fuller literature review and a series of formal case studies be undertaken.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: St Martin's College Research FEST 2005
Departments: Business
Depositing User: Anthony Greenwood
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 20:09
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2018 04:25
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/94

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