June 24, 2009

Open Source Governance in a Small to Medium Size Company

Article Source FOSSBazaar
June 24, 2009, 5:41 pm

Having been involved with Open Source Software (OSS) in companies large and small, one of many issues that arise is the importance of establishing guidelines to assist with and promote the use of OSS both internally and in product development as well as conforming with the many different licensing requirements that may at times even appear to be contradictory and conflicting amongst different OSS products.
 
Also keep in mind that some OSS snippets have a long track history as to their origin and may appear in different OSS code bases.  these tracks are not easily identified without the use of a sophisticated (and usually expensive) software auditing tool.
 
And not all companies can afford a costly code analyzer.  Some companies are not even aware that such monitoring tools even exists...
 

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