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Zasady wdrażania rozwiązań open source
Rules for implementing open source solutions

Author(s): Sebastian Dawid Kotuła
Subject(s): Library and Information Science
Published by: Instytut Informacji Naukowej I Bibliotekoznawstwa, Uniwersytet Marii Curie Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Keywords: open source; implementation of software; the rules of choice of software; universal selection criteria;

Summary/Abstract: For more than thirty years, there has been free software on the market, and for about twenty years there also have been open source software, and even also under a common name free and open source software. Terminological diversity, ignorance of the definition of the said categories of software, common ideas associated with them, as well as poor understanding of the free and/or open source software on the market may negatively affect the consumer’s decisions regarding the implementation of these IT solutions in their own businesses. Therefore, it was decided to indicate and discuss the selection criteria that should be followed by the user, who decided to implement open source solutions in any activity in almost every sphere where computer software is used. The focus is only on open source software, which provides greater freedom of use also in commercial activities. The indicated selection criteria were established on the basis of scientific and journalistic publications as well as personal experience while working with this type of software.As a result, a universal set of criteria was presented, including the following: functionality, usability, realization/interface, availability/distribution method, documentation, licensing practice, source code, ease of personalization, ease of implementation, price/cost, reliability, opportunities, market penetration, community/support, pedigree, software development model, error/problem list, target, cross-platform, interoperability, modularity. The user interested in using them can freely choose among them those, which in his opinion are the most crucial in a given consignment or can be guided by all of them, and even expanded, adding further, if necessary.Finally, the given set of criteria was used when evaluating one of the distribution of Ubuntu, which is DigitLab (digitization laboratory).

  • Issue Year: 1/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-50
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish