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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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Institutional Attributes

Institutional Attributes

(p.81) 5 Institutional Attributes
Internet Success

Charles M. Schweik

Robert C. English

The MIT Press

This chapter describes institutions that play a key role in the success or abandonment of open-source software (OSS) commons. It examines M. Lynne Markus’s views about OSS institutions, analyzes both formal and informal institutions in the context of the Institutional Analysis and Development framework, discusses the institutional design of a particular OSS project, and compares institutional designs across OSS cases. The chapter concludes by focusing on the Debian Linux project, and by discussing some institutional considerations regarding sponsors and nonprofit organizations that support OSS projects.

Keywords:   open-source software, OSS institutions, OSS commons, M. Lynne Markus, Institutional Analysis, institutional design, Debian Linux project, sponsors, nonprofit organizations

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