Review of Network Economics
Editor-in-Chief: Grzybowski, Lukasz
Ed. by Briglauer, Wolfgang / Goetz, Georg / Pereira, Pedro
IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 0.357
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.894
CiteScore 2017: 0.64
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.315
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.770
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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