An Empirical Investigation on the Motivations for the Adoption of Open Source Software

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Davide Taibi


ICSEA - The Tenth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, IARIA, Barcelona (Spain) (2015)




Open Source Software evolved dramatically in the last twenty years and now, several open source products are considered similar, or better than proprietary solutions. The result is that the trustworthiness of some open source products is now very high and the motivations for adopting an open source product or a proprietary changed in the last ten years. For this reason, we ran a mixed research approach, composed by three empirical studies, so as to identify the motivations for the adoption of open source products. The idea is to take a snapshot of the state-of-the-art in FLOSS motivation’s adoption. Results show that economical aspects and the freedom of some type of licenses are not the main adoption drivers anymore while other motivations such as the customization easiness and ethical reasons are currently considered more important.