Free and Open Source Software: Overview and Preliminary Guidelines for the Government of Canada

Logiciels libres et ouverts: Survol et guide préliminaire pour le gouvernement canadien

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Authors
  1. Charpentier, R.
  2. Carbone, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
After a slow beginning in the late 1990s, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has been constantly growing in importance and expanding in many software architectures all over the world. This impressive growth has been supported by the numerous successes, the high-quality reputation of FOSS-based systems and, of course, by the expectation of cost savings. In Fall-2003, Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) initiated a special study to determine the role of FOSS in the evolution of our information system architectures and was later expanded to the whole Government of Canada (GoC). This report summarizes our findings in four main chapters. In the first part of this report, we offer a general introduction to this technology followed by a preliminary way-ahead for GoC (Parts I and II). We also tried to identify/categorize FOSS by technical application areas (Part III). Finally, some preliminary guidelines are offered to GoC project leaders in assessing usefulness of FOSS in their specific project contexts (Part IV of this report).

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Keywords
Publicly available information;FOSS (Free and Open Source Software);DRDC (Defence Research and Development Canada);COTS (Commercial Off-The Shelf)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-ECR-2004-232 — External Client Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2004
Number of Pages
542
DSTKIM No
CA025219
CANDIS No
522804
Format(s):
CD ROM

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