The Growth of open source: A look at how companies are utilizing open source software in their business models

Feare, David The Growth of open source: A look at how companies are utilizing open source software in their business models., 2009 [Preprint]


Download (113kB) | Preview

English abstract

This paper examines how open source software is being incorporated into the business models of companies in the software industry. The goal is to answer the question of whether the open source model can help sustain economic growth. While some companies are able to maintain a "pure" open source approach with their business model, the reality is that most companies are relying on proprietary add-on value in order to generate revenue because open source itself is simply not big business. Ultimately however, the use of open source software is expanding, therefore suggesting that it provides benefits that can help sustain economic growth.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: open source software, proprietary software, business models, Red Hat, MySQL, Google
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GB. Software industry.
Depositing user: David Feare
Date deposited: 09 Nov 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15


Asay, M. (2009a, November). Google: The open-source savior we deserve. Retrieved from

Asay, M. (2009b, October). Open source: Big value, not big money. Retrieved from

Asay, M. (2008, October). Red Hat: It’s the value, stupid. Retrieved from

Aslett, M. (2008, October). Open source is not a business model. Retrieved from

Chang, V., Mills, H., & Newhouse, S. (n.d.). From Open Source to long-term sustainability: Review of Business Models and Case studies. Retrieved November 1, 2009 from

Cohen, S. (2008, December). Open Source: The Model Is Broken. Retrieved from

Gardler, R. (2009, September). Sustainable Open Source. Retrieved from

Kerner, S. (2007, August). Citrix Acquires XenSource For $500M. Retrieved from

Kincaid, J. (2008, August). Mozilla Extends Lucrative Deal With Google For 3 Years. Retrieved from

Kirkpatrick, M. (2007, September. Yahoo! Drops $350m on Zimbra; an Open Source Enterprise RIA. Retrieved from

Value of a Red Hat Subscription (2005). Retrieved November 4, 2009 from

Van den Bergh, K. (2009, September). Creating a New Business Model with Open Source. Retrieved from


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item