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Free and Open Source Software Guide for SMEs

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2008-05-09 10:14

Two EU-funded projects in the area of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS), namely OpenTTT and FLOSSMETRICS, have recently published a F/OSS guide for SMEs. Different types of software applications and businesses are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use F/OSS or even build a F/OSS-based business approach.

Source : IPR-Helpdesk

"Open source software is the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s". This is one of the conclusions of a recent IDC report,
and shows how much the perception of free/libre/open source software has changed in the recent years. Right now, the majority of developers in the world are using open source software, and open source platforms are used by the majority of companies.

Despite this, there is still a significant barrier in the adoption process for small and medium companies, both in terms of using FLOSS internally and in creating products and services centered on open source software. The purpose of this guide is to provide a simple and in-depth view of what are the fundamental aspects of FLOSS and how to build a sustainable open source model based on it.

The guide provides general explanations about the nature of F/OSS and its current position in the IT sector. It also contains detailed guidelines and suggestions for the use of F/OSS by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to aid the adoption of a correct policy when migrating to F/OSS and make the most of it. Moreover, it contains a section dedicated to F/OSS-based business models.

Different types of software applications and businesses are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use F/OSS or even build a F/OSS-based business approach.

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http://www.zeapartners.org/articles/guide-for-smes001