Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Mats Nilsson MSE-2002-03, pp. 45. TEK/avd. för programvaruteknik, 2002.

The work

Författare / Author: Mats Nilsson
Titel / Title: Open Source Business Models
Översatt titel / Translated title: Affärmodeller för öppen källkod
Abstrakt Abstract:

This thesis is describing a business strategy of how to license a software product. The licenses discussed in this thesis are called open source licenses. The open source licenses have gained much attention lately by companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. The reason for this is that some products considered being open source software are very widely used. These products include the most popular web server, the Apache web server, with more than 60% market share. 25% of the installed operating systems that are running Apache and other web servers are installed with Linux as operating system, which is also considered as open source software. These are only two examples of popular products that are considered as open source software products. These products are choices for many people and companies when choosing software to use, for example NASA.

Open source licenses are called open in the way that the software is shipped not only in binary form, but also with the source code that can be modified and recompiled to suit the buyer’s need better.
Apache web server and the Linux operating system are free for download, install, run and modify to suit your needs.
In this thesis I will discuss whether these licenses can increase the chance of developing a successful product or not, in terms of market shares.

Populärvetenskaplig beskrivning / Popular science summary: Affärsmodeller kring öppen källkod diskuteras i denna magisteruppats. Det finns ett flertal programvaror byggd på öppen källkod som kan betraktas som framgångsrika om man avser antal användare eller hur stora marknadsandelar produkterna har. Diskussionen i magister uppsatsen kretsar därför om man kan öka sina chanser att utveckla framgångsrika produkter genom att använda sig av öppen källkod främst ur ett företags perspektiv som har vinstintresse.
Ämnesord / Subject: Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Software Engineering

Nyckelord / Keywords: open standards, open source, software license, business strategy

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Magisterprogram Programvaruteknik, 40 poäng/Masters programme Software Engineering
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 03/22/2007
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: D-Uppsats/Magister/Master


Handledare / Supervisor: Anders Hederstierna
Examinator / Examiner: Claes Wohlin
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: TEK/avd. för programvaruteknik
S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Anmärkningar / Comments:

Mats Nilsson
Kabelgatan 13D
414 57 Göteborg

Files & Access

Bifogad uppsats fil(er) / Files attached: osbmv3,1-020407.pdf (393 kB, öppnas i nytt fönster)