What are the business, legal and technical consequences of choosing Open Source Software (OSS) or proprietary software? Many managers, developers and lawyers are aware that OSS is an option they should consider, but may feel confused by the partisan nature of much of the information available and the conflicting claims being made by advocates for each side. This Web site offers a non-partisan guide to the perplexed: it provides concise overviews of the basic business, legal and technical issues that are relevant to evaluating the competing claims being made for OSS and proprietary software.
Managers trying to choose between OSS and proprietary products, developers considering the pros and cons of releasing their products under different types of licenses, and lawyers trying to understand the unusual terms and conditions of some OSS licenses should find this site to be a practical and easy to use resource for basic information.
- interested in legal issues concerning proprietary and open source software?
- new to the software debate and want to learn more about the different kinds of software?
- choosing software for your organization but want to know how it will affect business?
- not sure where to start? Feel free to browse the site or take a look at some of the excellent references in our Bibliography.
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