Linux vs. Windows: A Comparison of Application and Platform Innovation Incentives for Open Source and Proprietary Software Platforms

12 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2005

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Nicholas Economides

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Evangelos Katsamakas

Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

Date Written: October 2005

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.

Suggested Citation

Economides, Nicholas and Katsamakas, Evangelos, Linux vs. Windows: A Comparison of Application and Platform Innovation Incentives for Open Source and Proprietary Software Platforms (October 2005). NYU, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-21, NET Institute Working Paper No. 05-07, NYU Working Paper No. EC-05-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822894 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.822894

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