Open Source Decision-Making And Implementation

Pitman Baker, C.; Gamble, Christopher
May 2005
Business Communications Review;May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p24
Trade Publication
The article reports on using open source software. While Linux may be one of the best known open source products, it's just one of myriad open-source software tools encompassing everything from simple calculators to enterprise resource planning tools. Surveys conducted in November of 2003 and 2004 by the market research company BZ Research show that the open source JBoss Enterprise middleware system is the most widely deployed Java application server in production environment. Open source is not only ready for the enterprise, it's already running in it. Open source is not a single product or company. It refers to software that is distributed along with its underlying source code. It comes with a license that grants free use and distribution of the software package. There are various licenses for open software, and these licenses permit the end user to do everything from customizing the software to selling a commercial derivative of the product. The license varies by product, so just as companies must find a product that meets their needs, they must also find a license that meets their needs.


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