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Perspectives on Open Source Software

Technical Report
This 2001 report summarizes the results of a study of the benefits of pitfalls of using open source software.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6582026.v1

Abstract

Open source software (OSS) is emerging as the software community's next "silver bullet" and appears to be playing a significant role in the acquisition and development plans of the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry. Yet, as with all previous silver bullets, there are problems with blindly embracing the OSS paradigm.

To become familiar with the benefits and pitfalls of using OSS, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) undertook an internally funded study looking at it from various perspectives: 1) the user of OSS, 2) the developer of OSS, 3) the organizations looking to deploy software systems comprised (partially or completely) of OSS components  

During the period of this study, members of the SEI technical staff hosted meetings, conducted interviews, participated in open source development activities, workshops, and conferences, and studied available literature on the subject. Through these activities, the authors have been able to support and sometimes refute common perceptions about OSS. This report is the result of their study.

Cite This Technical Report

Hissam, S., Weinstock, C., Plakosh, D., & Asundi, J. (2001, November 1). Perspectives on Open Source Software. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019). Retrieved May 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1.

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author={Hissam, Scott and Weinstock, Charles and Plakosh, Daniel and Asundi, Jayatirtha},
title={Perspectives on Open Source Software},
month={Nov},
year={2001},
number={CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1},
note={Accessed: 2024-May-23}
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Hissam, Scott, Charles Weinstock, Daniel Plakosh, and Jayatirtha Asundi. "Perspectives on Open Source Software." (CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, November 1, 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1.

S. Hissam, C. Weinstock, D. Plakosh, and J. Asundi, "Perspectives on Open Source Software," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019, 1-Nov-2001 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1. [Accessed: 23-May-2024].

Hissam, Scott, Charles Weinstock, Daniel Plakosh, and Jayatirtha Asundi. "Perspectives on Open Source Software." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Nov. 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Hissam, Scott; Weinstock, Charles; Plakosh, Daniel; & Asundi, Jayatirtha. Perspectives on Open Source Software. CMU/SEI-2001-TR-019. Software Engineering Institute. 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582026.v1