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LinuxPlanet: You Need a Corporate Open Source Policy

Jun 26, 2006, 20:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"As organizations bring more and more open source software into their IT environments, they are beginning to realize the need for more control. Decisions about whether or not to incorporate open source into their operations involve complex issues that go beyond the technology. With over two dozen approved open source licenses, compliance can be tricky. Requirements are different for code used internally and code distributed to external users. Code contributed to open source projects by employees could have licensing problems, or may not be approved for release. Compliance can be difficult to control wherever development is outsourced. The budgetary impact should also be considered for every possible open source migration. It's time for an open source policy.

"There are many factors that will contribute to your overall success in mitigating the inherent risks of open source software use. The size of your organization will play a role, as will the general culture of collaboration and your efforts to educate employees. A mandate from the top to devote the necessary resources is critically important, and a clear definition of roles and responsibilities will prevent confusion and tire-spinning..."

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