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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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The Italian Chamber of Deputies

The Italian Chamber of Deputies

(p.103) 7 The Italian Chamber of Deputies
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) by the Italian Chamber of Deputies. It explains that the motivation for considering OSS was to provide the administration with a fine-grained control of the software it uses which would not be subject to commercial or technical constraints imposed by vendors. The OSS projects by the Chamber include OpenOffice, Zimbra and Alfresco. The chapter suggests that the OpenOffice project at the Chamber was seen as successful because of support and commitment from top management and widespread user acceptance, which reflected absorptive capacity.

Keywords:   adoption of OSS, Chamber of Deputies, OpenOffice, Zimbra, Alfresco, user acceptance, absorptive capacity

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