Should we be thanking microsoft, apple and google for their contributions to open source software? The case of multinational platform leaders

Dominique Doorhof, Elizabeth A. Schermerhorn*, Slinger Jansen, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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    Abstract

    Software producing organizations are contributing increasingly to open source software, by making their software open source or contributing to existing projects. Platform leaders contribute to open source software in different manners, but for whose interests are these companies contributing to open source software? Are contributions made by software developers as part of a software vendor or do these software producing organizations want to do what is right without benefits? So how do platform leaders contribute to open source software? By analyzing the data from GitHub repositories, the contributions to open source software by three platform leaders is researched in two dimensions, how are the developers connected and to which projects do these developers contribute. By analyzing their connectedness and analyzing the developed projects, the conclusion is drawn that contributions are made for the strategic advantage of the software producing organizations. The majority of the contributions made to open source software is to their own projects and by developers who contribute to these projects full-time.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSoftware Business - 8th International Conference, ICSOB 2017, Proceedings
    EditorsKarl Werder, Arto Ojala, Helena Holmstrom Olsson
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages205-210
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9783319691909
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event8th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2017 - Essen, Germany
    Duration: 12 Jun 201713 Jun 2017

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
    Volume304
    ISSN (Print)1865-1348

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2017
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    CityEssen
    Period12/06/1713/06/17

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