Open Source Development

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Open source software development has becoming famous nowadays. Big and famous IT companies such as IBM and Novell are investing in open source development. Open Source as defined by Dan Woods (2005) refers to software that is released with source code under a license that ensures that derivative works will also be available as source code, protects certain rights of the original authors, and prohibits restrictions on how the software can be used or who can use it.


Recently Novell acquired Suse Linux, one of the distributions of the Linux operating system, taking Open Source a step further and with this expanding the enterprise market for Linux.
This is a research proposal for the evaluation of the Open Source Development. This proposal includes the literature review of the use of the Open Source and the methodology includes the gathering of the available data and software for Open Source. A work a plan and timetable is included indicating when the various activities or stages will be undertaken. This dissertation will show the importance of Open Source in the businesses and universities. The objective of the study is to show the importance of the Open Source Development in the increasing number of businesses and universities who are using the internet. The aim of this study is to evaluate the Open Source whether the said software is genuine or not. The use of this causes uncertainty with the IT managers that have to make the decisions about the company's IT policy and the software they use. ...
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