Dirk Riehle's Industry and Research Publications

The innovations of open source [Computer Magazine]

Abstract: Open source has given us many innovations. This article provides an overview of the most important innovations and illustrates the impact that open source is having on the software industry and beyond. The main innovations of open source can be grouped into four categories: Legal innovation, process innovation, tool innovation, and business model innovation. Probably the best known innovations are open source licenses, which also define the concept.

Keywords: Open source, open collaboration, open innovation, software industry, business models

Reference: Riehle, D. (2019, April). The Innovations of Open Source. Computer vol. 52, no. 4, pp 59-63.

The article is available in the IEEE library (local copy) or as a web page.



  1. […] of our outreach activities. To this end, the research group has also been engaged in editing and writing articles aimed at practitioners, and has been active in organizations such as the Inner Source […]

  2. […] by me (Riehle) on behalf of the editor-in-chief of the magazine. After the initial article on the innovations of open source, that I penned, authors from industry and academia started exploring the various aspects of open […]

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