The business of open source

Richard T. Watson, Marie Claude Boudreau, Paul T. York, Martina E. Greiner, Donald Wynn

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The open source software (OSS) is a creative destruction in action in all three components that are new products, new markets, and new forms of production and distribution that impel the creative destruction of free enterprises. There is abundance of new and innovative products emerging from the OSS community. The zero-cost licensing structure of most open source projects has opened up the acceptance of these products into a number of previously untapped markets. The Internet has created an environment in which software distribution costs are approaching zero. The OSS movement is challenging the status of quo in the software marketplace, and it has moved beyond the desktops of code hackers and are now in production in a growing number of corporate IS department. OSS is amplifying the demand, efficiency, and innovation risks that software organization face and is making creative destruction that has the potential to permanently alter the competitive landscape within the software industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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