ACM Queue: Open Source to the Core
Jun 02, 2004, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The open source development model is not exactly new.
Individual engineers have been using open source as a collaborative
development methodology for decades. Now that it has come to the
attention of upper and middle management, however, it's finally
being openly acknowledged as a commercial engineering
force-multiplier and important option for avoiding significant
software development costs.
"To put it another way, what object-oriented programming often
promises in terms of encouraging 'code re-use,' open source
software is definitely delivering. This does not come without
certain costs and potential pitfalls, of course. This article
describes the open source adoption process at a typical commercial
software operation and discusses some of the more important
checklist items that any evaluation of open source as an
engineering option should include..."