Economics of Linux Adoption in Developing Countries

IEEE Software, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 74-81

22 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2005

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Nir Kshetri

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics

Abstract

This paper identifies and analyzes various sources that improve or worsen the economics of Linux adoption in developing countries. At the micro level, we examine how costs and benefits related to ownership; effective use; learning/switching; and compatibility with hardware, applications, and business partners' standards influence an adopting unit's choice of OSS such as Linux over proprietary software. At the macro level, we analyze how the economics of enforcing intellectual property laws and national security issues have influenced the diffusion dynamics of Linux. Then, we offer some suggestions as to how software developers and policy makers at various levels can take measures to improve the situation.

Keywords: Linux, OSS, developing countries, adoption, economics

JEL Classification: O33

Suggested Citation

Kshetri, Nir, Economics of Linux Adoption in Developing Countries. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=847185

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