A large number of studies has been canvassed by the growing rates of diffusion of Open Source Software. However, a formal analysis of the process of competition between open–source and proprietary software is still missing. We propose an epidemic model of innovation diffusion to deal with the different factors (profits for proprietary software and developers’ motivations for open–source software) upon which such a process of competition ultimately depends. Moreover, we add network effects and switching costs, together with the endogenisation of the parameters of the speed of diffusion influencing the final outcome. We show the conditions for an asymptotically stable equilibrium to exist, where both softwares coexist. When the propagation coefficient is en- dogenous, winner–take–all solutions are also likely.

Coexistence and Market Tipping in a Diffusion Model of Open Source vs. Proprietary Software

LEONCINI, RICCARDO;RENTOCCHINI, FRANCESCO;VITTUCCI MARZETTI, GIUSEPPE
2011

Abstract

A large number of studies has been canvassed by the growing rates of diffusion of Open Source Software. However, a formal analysis of the process of competition between open–source and proprietary software is still missing. We propose an epidemic model of innovation diffusion to deal with the different factors (profits for proprietary software and developers’ motivations for open–source software) upon which such a process of competition ultimately depends. Moreover, we add network effects and switching costs, together with the endogenisation of the parameters of the speed of diffusion influencing the final outcome. We show the conditions for an asymptotically stable equilibrium to exist, where both softwares coexist. When the propagation coefficient is en- dogenous, winner–take–all solutions are also likely.
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R. Leoncini; F. Rentocchini; G. Vittucci Marzetti
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