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.
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