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The Comingled CodeOpen Source and Economic Development$
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Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014632

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014632.001.0001

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The History of Open Source

The History of Open Source

(p.35) 3 The History of Open Source
The Comingled Code

Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the origins and evolution of the open source software sector. It discusses the three distinct areas of open source development. These include the development of many of the key features of computer operating systems in the 1960s and 1970s, the formalization of rules for software development and the advent of the Internet in the 1990s which accelerated open source activity. This chapter also considers the pace of change in the open source community, the role of corporations and corporate contributors and cost concerns of open source program users.

Keywords:   open source software, open source development, computer operating systems, software development, Internet, corporate contributors

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