Open source: History and development

Walker, Adrienne Open source: History and development., 2009 [Preprint]


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In the 21st century, we think of open source in terms of software or online full text access. A documented beginning of open source can be traced to the early 20th century with the implementation of a tool called cross-licensing agreements. These agreements allowed automobile manufacturers to share technology in the form of patents for the benefit of the American automobile industry. In the 21st century, The Cathedral and The Bazaar was the tool that gave the impetus for the open source movement. The Cathedral and The Bazaar is ultimately what brought the code for the browser Netscape into the public domain. This decision resulted in Firefox. Open source continues to ramp up and the open source movement is including universities, colleges, corporations and libraries.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: open source
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Adrienne Walker
Date deposited: 10 Nov 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15


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