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Competition between open-source and proprietary software: the (La)TeX case study

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  • Alexandre Gaudeul

    (University of East Anglia - Norwich)

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The paper examines competition between two development models, proprietary and open-source (``OS''). It first defines and compares those two models and then analyzes the influence the development of one type of software has on the development of the other. The paper is based on the (La)TeX case study. In that case study, the features, users, and patterns in the development of the (La)TeX software were compared to its proprietary equivalents. The models that are presented in this paper describe some aspects of the strategic interactions between proprietary and open-source software. The paper shows that they cannot be analyzed independently; the decisions of one class of agents (OSS developers) are affected by those of the other class of agents (private entrepreneurs).

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 0409007.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 17 Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0409007

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Keywords: Open source; software; proprietary software; BSD; GPL; public domain; intellectual production; licensing; patents; TeX; LaTeX;

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  1. Thorsten Wichmann & Pio Baake, 2003. "Open Source Software, Competition and Potential Entry," Berlecon Research Papers 0005, Berlecon Research.
  2. Jacques Crémer & Alexandre Gaudeul, 2004. "Quelques éléments d'économie du logiciel libre," Industrial Organization 0409004, EconWPA.
  3. Bagnoli, M. & Bergstrom, T., 1989. "Log-Concave Probability And Its Applications," Papers 89-23, Michigan - Center for Research on Economic & Social Theory.
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  5. Casadesus-Masanell, Ramon & Ghemawat, Pankaj, 2003. "Dynamic mixed duopoly: A model motivated by Linux vs. Windows," IESE Research Papers D/519, IESE Business School.
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Cited by:
  1. Josh Lerner & Jean Tirole, 2004. "The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond," NBER Working Papers 10956, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Ramon Casadesus-Masanell & Gaston Llanes, 2009. "Mixed Source," Working Papers 09-06, NET Institute, revised Sep 2009.
  3. German Lambardi, 2009. "Software Innovation and the Open Source threat," Working Papers 09-15, NET Institute, revised Sep 2009.
  4. Stephane Verani, 2006. "Open Source Development in a Differentiated Duopoly," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 06-05, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.

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