Licence fees and GDP per capita: The case for open source in developing countries
Developed by: Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access
This article in First Monday argues that the open source development community provides an environment of intensive interactive skills development at little explicit cost, which is particularly useful for local development of skills, especially in economically disadvantaged regions. It includes a table on "Licence fee relative to GDP/capita", concluding that the share of licence fees in the total cost of ownership of proprietary software is much higher than in high labour cost countries.
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