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Open – source software and economic development

Open Source software not a route to economic development in developing countries


Is there a role that open-source software can play in an economy and its development, with a focus on empirical evidence and economic logic? It argues that, while open-source can clearly be a viable part of a developed software industry, the available evidence does not support the position that open-source software can form the basis of an industry on its own, especially in nations where the technology sector is still embryonic.

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