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Examining OSS Sucess: Information Technology Acceptance by FireFox Users

  • Andrzej Slłomka
  • Tomasz Przechlewski
  • Stanislław Wrycza

Open source software (oss) is currently one of the most debated phenomena in both academia and the software industry. Several oss systems have achieved significant market success but they are rather server-side applications, such as the Apache web server, mail transport agent Sendmail, or other components of it infrastructure. On the other hand penetration of oss systems on the market of desktop applications is rather limited and it is virtually dominated by products of one software vendor, i.e. Microsoft. Recently one exception to the rule of non-existence of oss at the desktop was observed however. Mozilla FireFox, an Open Source web browser achieved 10 million downloads in one single month of December 2004, demonstrating success in the market totally dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The aim of the paper is to find out factors, which encourage users to adopt FireFox by applying the well-known framework of Technology Acceptance Model.

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Open Source Software Technology Acceptance Model User Acceptance Desktop Application Mobile Commerce 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Slłomka
    • 1
  • Tomasz Przechlewski
    • 1
  • Stanislław Wrycza
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsGdańsk UniversityPoland

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