Issues In Open Source Software (OSS)

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Dr. Jamal Alsabbagh, alsabbaj@gvsu.edu

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According to the Open Source Initiative (a non-profit corporation at www.opensource.org): “Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.” Open Source software (OSS) has established itself as a significant component in the software industry and its adoption continues to gain momentum. In this work, a group of five participants in CS 692 (winter 2008) elected to investigate important issues related to the adoption of OSS. The issues and investigators are: 1. Economic Benefits of OSS … (Jeffrey Martin) 2. Integration, Compatibility and Usability of OSS … (Sherzod Odinae) 3. Performance, Reliability and Scalability of OSS … (Silpa Pathapati) 4. Security of OSS … (Harsha Lella) 5. Licensing and Legal Issues in OSS … (Divya Abbagani)

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