THE PROCUREMENT DECISION - "OPEN" OR "CLOSED" SOURCE SOFTWARE?

CARLA MICHLER

Abstract


[The merits of open source software, particularly in the context of Australian Government procurement, have been the subject of considerable debate in recent times. This paper provides an overview of the distinguishing features of open source software and considers the terms of the licence under which open source software is distributed. Consideration is also given to the merits of open source software through an examination of both the legal and tech- nical risks associated with the product. In concluding, it is determined that there is a positive argument for mandating open source software as a viable alternative to its closed source counterpart.] 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21153/dlr2005vol10no1art276

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