Open source software: an example in use

Greenwood, Anthony (2005) Open source software: an example in use. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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“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
Keywords: 002 The Work, 005 Computer programming, programs & data (incl. web design)
Members: University of Cumbria
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:15
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:02

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