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Review of Network Economics

Editor-in-Chief: Grzybowski, Lukasz

Ed. by Briglauer, Wolfgang / Goetz, Georg / Pereira, Pedro

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Volume 6, Issue 2

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Do Open Source Developers Respond to Competition? The LATEX Case Study

Alex Gaudeul
Published Online: 2007-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1446-9022.1119

This paper traces the history of TEX, the open source typesetting program. TEX was an early and very successful open source project that imposed its standards in a particularly competitive environment and inspired many advances in the typesetting industry. Developed over three decades, TEX came into competition with a variety of open source and proprietary alternatives. I argue from this case study that open source developers derive direct and indirect network externalities from the use of their software by others and must therefore consider non-developers' needs to make their software more attractive to a broader audience and more competitive with proprietary alternatives.

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Published Online: 2007-06-01


Citation Information: Review of Network Economics, Volume 6, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1446-9022, ISSN (Print) 2194-5993, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1446-9022.1119.

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