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Adopting Open Source SoftwareA Practical Guide$
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Brian Fitzgerald, Jay P. Kesan, Barbara Russo, Maha Shaikh, and Giancarlo Succi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262516358

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262516358.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.vii) Introduction
Source:
Adopting Open Source Software
Author(s):

Brian Fitzgerald

Jay P. Kesan

Barbara Russo

Maha Shaikh

Giancarlo Succi

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262516358.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the adoption of open source software (OSS). The book explores the adoption of OSS in different public organizations, examining how and why people adopted OSS and what consequences followed. It provides five case studies on OSS adoption and identifies the differences in motivation, strategies, technologies, and socioeconomic aspects of the OSS adoption process. The book also discusses the factors that can affect the decision to adopt OSS and who benefits from OSS adoption.

Keywords:   OSS adoption, public organizations, motivation, technologies, socioeconomic aspects

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