Open Source Software


The concept explains open source software, an increasingly attractive and cost-effective IT solution. It describes the key issues of licencing for software usage and the advantages and disadvantages of open source software. Case studies and implementation advice, help to ensure better understanding of the concept.

Technique Overview

Open Source Software

Open Source Software Definition

Open Source Software (OSS) gives users the right to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software without having to ask permission from, or make payments to, any external group or person (The Mitre Corporation, 2003).

Open Source Software Description *

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Business Evidence

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Examples of Open Source Software *

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Business Application

Open Source Software Implementation *

Success Factors of Open Source Software *

Measures of Open Source Software *

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Professional Tools

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Open Source Software Downloads *

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Further Reading

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Open Source Software References (4 of up to 20) *

  • Brink, D., Roos, L., van Velle, J.P., Weller, P. (2007) A Model for the Successful Migration to Desktop OSS. In Still, B. (ed.). Handbook of research on open source software: technological, economic and social perspectives. Idea Group Inc (IGI).
  • Dudley-Sponaugle, A., Hong, S., Wang, Y. (2007) The Social and Economical Impact of OSS in Developing Countries. In Still, B. (ed.). Handbook of research on open source software: technological, economic, and social perspectives. Idea Group Inc (IGI).
  • Erlich, Z., Aviv, R. (2007) Open Source Software: Strengths and Weaknesses. In Still, B. (ed.). Handbook of research on open source software: technological, economic and social perspectives. Idea Group Inc (IGI).
  • GNU (2012) The Free Software Definition. Available at: [Accessed 2 March 2012].D

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