Free Software Case Studies/Case Studies

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The purpose of this page is to help learners find relevant case studies. Please add, perhaps with a short note on why you think yours would make a good case study for students of free software.

Wanted: more case studies, especially where an ethical commitment to free software has been made.
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Candidate Case Studies

Below is a selection of individual case studies for development/adaptation for learners. Some may exist as case studies already and need updating or extension, or may be projects which use free software but have not been presented as complete and up-to-date case studies yet. Please add:

Public Administration


  • Convene - a project promoting the use of free software to meet the technical needs of social development organisations (previously known as NGO-in-a-box).


Distro Case Studies

The following are prime candidates for learners to explore. For more candidate distro-related case studies see DistroWatch and the list on Wikipedia.

Case Studies of Free Software Projects/Packages

  • JBoss
  • Apache
  • Mozilla
  • ...

Multinational Companies and other Private Sector

Personal Experiences

Create a New Case Study

Enter the title of your case study into the box below and click the button to create a new page with that name. Remember to create a link to your new case study above.

See Also


  1. Nah Soo Hoe. 2006. Breaking Barriers: The Potential of Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Human Development - A Compilation of Case Studies from Across the World. UNDP-APDIP, Elsevier. ISBN: 81-312-0631-9

Keywords: free software, open source, case study, libre software.