Open Source Systems Application in the Navy

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Free software and Open Source Software are often treated as same thing but there are important differences between them with respect to licensing and use. However, we can simply say that Free Software (FS) are products distributed free of charge and (OSS) Open Sources Software are product of a unique development methodology.


al, 2006, p.1). As the popularity of open source software increases in the public sector, government are taking necessary actions to gather more information and justification to include open source in high security environments like the military. Selecting the navy as the military branch for open source application, the paper will going to identify the key stakeholders and present the issues involve in the development and implementation in this particular environment.
As software becomes increasingly network-based and evolved towards services-based architectures, communication through open and standardized interfaces is now very common. These interfaces are normally made available with OSS reference implementations. This type of service-based architecture once implemented naturally decomposes into a modular design which is free to improve and evolve independently following standard interfaces (Herz et. al. (2006, p.15).
Software services such as COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf), GOTS (Government Off-The-Shelf), and Open Source maybe selected, evolved, and later replace for newer and better technology. ...
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