Software Pluralism

Software Pluralism

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Understanding the concepts of computer systems technology is central to resolving the number of legal and business issues that arise in the context of OSS development and distribution. The first article in this section, "Technology Primer," defines and describes these concepts, and is to be read as a companion piece to the Law and Institution articles.

Parties on both sides of the open/proprietary software debate argue that one model of software development necessarily results in superior software. The second article in this section, "Software Quality," attempts to bring some clarity to the debate, with the aim of providing guidance to managers making the choice between open source and proprietary software products.