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Internet SuccessA Study of Open-Source Software Commons$
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Charles M. Schweik and Robert C. English

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017251

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017251.001.0001

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The Ecosystem

The Ecosystem

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Internet Success

Charles M. Schweik

Robert C. English

The MIT Press

This chapter describes how open-source software (OSS) has changed over the past several years and uses the ecosystem metaphor to depict its current state. It then considers commons and the various institutions—business, governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and scientific research organizations—that are interested in using, developing, or promoting OSS technologies. The chapter also examines the motivations driving those institutions’ interest, such as the desire to achieve interoperability and establish open standards, reduce costs for information technology, contribute to the public good, and promote economic development.

Keywords:   open-source software, ecosystem, commons, governments, business, universities, nonprofit organizations, scientific research organizations, interoperability, information technology

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