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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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Südtiroler Gemeindenverband

Südtiroler Gemeindenverband

(p.43) 4 Südtiroler Gemeindenverband
Adopting Open Source Software

Brian Fitzgerald

Jay P. Kesan

Barbara Russo

Maha Shaikh

Giancarlo Succi

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the adoption of open source software (OSS) applications at the Südtiroler Gemeindenverband (SGV) in the province of province of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, which include the server-side system Linux server, OpenOffice desktop system, and Group E groupware. It explains that SGV adopted its first open source application in 1998 and ramped up its OSS activity in 2003 when it migrated to OpenOffice, and that the introduction of OSS did not require any new hardware or infrastructure upgrades, and regular hardware updates continued as usual. The chapter also describes the different aspects of the secondary adoption process including managerial intervention, subjective norms, and facilitating conditions.

Keywords:   adoption of OSS, Südtiroler Gemeindenverband, Linux server, OpenOffice, Group E, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, managerial intervention, subjective norms, facilitating conditions

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