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ZDNet/Gartner: A Linux Open Source Best Practices Guide: Applications

Apr 10, 2003, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])

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"A disciplined and carefully considered best practices process is essential to delivering maximum returns and benefits from Linux and open source application deployments. The fact that open source software (OSS) and Linux standards compliance are still in an early phase of maturity will require active vigilance and engagement on the part of the IS organization in the open source development and deployment process. Through year-end 2005, 70 percent of large enterprises will neglect to implement formal corporate guidelines and best practices applied to Linux and open source (0.7 probability). Without such practices, 90 percent of these enterprises will unknowingly have deployed some poorly documented, 'unauthorized' systems running open source code or combinations of OSS and commercial code (0.7 probability).

"Linux and open source integration will demand new processes in the overall development, deployment, maintenance, and support of IT infrastructures. These processes can have beneficial or negative consequences. Without implementing a rigorous best practices approach, IT investment could escalate to higher, unanticipated costs. This framework is an initial view by Gartner into some of the major focal points that CIOs, architectural planning managers, and project developers need to consider in applying discipline to the hybridization of commercial and open source system design..."

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