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Linux vs. Windows: A Comparison of Application and Platform Innovation Incentives for Open Source and Proprietary Software Platforms
The Economics of Open Source Software Development (2006)
  • Nicholas Economides
  • Evangelos Katsamakas
Abstract

This paper analyzes and compares the investment incentives of platform and application developers for Linux and Windows. We find that the level of investment in applications is larger when the operating system is open source rather than proprietary. The comparison of the levels of investment in the operating systems depends, among others, on reputation effects and the number of developers. The paper also develops a short case study comparing Windows and Linux and identifies new directions for open source software research.

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Publication Date
October, 2006
Editor
Juergen Bitzer and Philipp J.H. Schroeder
Publisher
Elsevier Publishers
Citation Information
Nicholas Economides and Evangelos Katsamakas. "Linux vs. Windows: A Comparison of Application and Platform Innovation Incentives for Open Source and Proprietary Software Platforms" The Economics of Open Source Software Development (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/economides/2/