Free/Libre, and Open Source Software

Riehle, D.
Umfang: 4 SWS (5 ECTS)
Termin(e) & Ort:
Zielgruppe: WPF IIS-MA (im 2. Semester)

WPF INF-MA (im 2. Semester)


  • OSS-FLOSS (Free/Libre, and Open Source Software)


  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A.


This course introduces students to Free/Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS). It takes the classic form of a lecture with associated weekly exercises.

The topics of the lectures are:

  • Introduction to open source
  • Open source and intellectual property
  • Open source project communities
  • Open source software engineering
  • Open source developer foundations
  • Open source user foundations
  • Open source distributors
  • Single-vendor open source firms
  • Open source governance
  • Open source labor economics
  • Inner source software engineering

More details can be found in the course syllabus at

Students of computer science (Informatik) should note that this is course is less about technology and more about economics and the software industry.

The course combines weekly lectures with homework. Homework typically involves reading materials and summarizing these readings in short one-page documents.

The overall schedule can be found at

Please sign up for the course on StudOn (link accessible through schedule spreadsheet) as soon as possible.



Lernziele und Kompetenzen

Students will gain a conceptual understanding of

  • key aspects of the software industry
  • how open source software projects work
  • how open source is changing the software industry

Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen

  • Class work (40%) + home work (60%)


  • English

Vorbereitende Literatur

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