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Going From "Ow" To "Wow" In Open Source

Oct 18, 2011, 12:03 (1 Talkback[s])

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"What are the challenges in open source adoption at developers' and/or implementers' level, and how can these challenges be overcome?

"There are many challenges for open source at all levels. Awareness is a key issue among them. It is surprising that many software engineers and developers haven't a clue about open source.

"Recently, at a meeting with a client, the developer of the incumbent home grown software (.Net/MS SQL) actually declared that open source is a security issue. So I invited him to the OSI Days this year. I hope that he attends it and that should open his eyes to reality!.

"As you can see, if software engineers with four to five years of experience are ignorant, what do we expect from users who really don't care much about technology? After all, technology is just an enabler and should augment the user's work.

"Another big challenge for open source is that most of us, ie the Indian software community, are consumers of open source. How many of us have contributed the code back? The answer is a very small percentage of us'. Advocating the use of FOSS to end users is another big challenge. Most organizations do not have the money to spend on selling FOSS, unless you count the big guys like Redhat. Much of our work revolves around making people aware of FOSS solutions and how they make better business sense. We need an apex body like NASSCOMM to help in promoting FOSS."

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