Software Pluralism

Software Pluralism

Institutions

Over the past twenty years, the open source movement has built up enough momentum to enter into the mainstream of business users. According to a survey by Forrester in 2004, a 60% majority of the surveyed 140 large companies in North America are adopting OSS, and half of these companies are using it for mission-critical applications.

The following articles describe some of the licensing models, strategies, challenges, costs, risks and benefits faced by the business managers of companies, both large and small, when they decide to adopt OSS over proprietary software in their IT departments. An OSS "User Adoption Checklist" is proposed, with the aim of providing a structural framework to this decision-making process.