Open-source software programs (OSS) such as Linux and Apache provide any interested party refuses access to the source code, resulting in a distributed innovation model, in which users actively involved in the development of the product. Often free OSS products are distributed among many public licenses are reliable and offer greater flexibility and choice. On the other hand, OSS leads to a proliferation of versions and can only appeal to high-end users. The system leads to fascinating and competitive … Read more »

Open-source software programs (OSS) such as Linux and Apache provide any interested party refuses access to the source code, resulting in a distributed innovation model, in which users actively involved in the development of the product. Often free OSS products are distributed among many public licenses are reliable and offer greater flexibility and choice. On the other hand, OSS leads to a proliferation of versions and can only appeal to high-end users. The system leads to fascinating competitive and cooperative relationships between companies, between a company and a community and between communities. How can managers choose?
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Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Source: Business Horizons
10 pages.
Publication Date: Sep 15, 2003. Prod #: BH095-PDF-ENG
Managerial Overview of Open Source Software HBR case solution

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