Standards Battles In Open Source Software: The Case of Firefox

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byIlan Oshri, Huibert de Vries, Henk de Vries

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In many ways, the rise of the open source web browser Firefox contradicts common wisdom and expectations. An industry with network effects, as is the case in the web browser industry, should follow the rationale of " the strong grows stronger, and the weak becomes weaker" . This means that in the long run, a single dominant technology will prevail that prevents competing technologies from obtaining a foothold in the market. We can therefore explain the victory of Internet Explorer (IE) over Netscape mainly because IE was bundled with the Windows operating system; however, we still need to understand the rise of Firefox in a `winner-takes-all market`. Could the characteristics of Firefox, an open source software web browser, explain this unexpected success? This book brings together insights from open source software, open standards, and standards-setting, and illustrates the dynamics of standards-settings by examining two standards battles: Internet Explorer versus Netscape, and Internet Explorer versus Firefox.

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In many ways, the rise of the open source web browser Firefox contradicts common wisdom and expectations. An industry with network effects, as is the case in the web browser industry, should follow the rationale of " the strong grows stronger, and the weak becomes weaker" . This means that in the long run, a single dominant technology ...

HUIBERT J. DE VRIES holds a MSc. degree in Business Administration (with honors) and a BSc. degree in International Business Administration, both from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Huibert studied the web browser industry over 2 years focusing on aspects relating to standards-setting processes and Open Source...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.82 × 5.63 × 0.76 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023022072X

ISBN - 13:9780230220720

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Open Source Software
Standards and Standards Setting
Standardization Battles in OSS: A Theoretical Framework
Industry Background
Browser War I (1995-1999): Microsoft Versus Netscape
Browser War II (2003-2008): Mozilla Versus Microsoft
Standard Setting Mechanisms in Open Source Software
What can be learnt from these Browser Wars