OpenBQR: a framework for the assessment of OSS

TitleOpenBQR: a framework for the assessment of OSS
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsTaibi, D, Lavazza, L, Morasca, S
Secondary TitleOSS2007: Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation (IFIP 2.13)
Pagination173 - 186
Date Published2007///
ISSN Number978-0-387-72485-0

People and organizations that are considering the adoption of OSS, or that need to choose among different OS products face the problem of evaluating OSS in a systematic, sound and complete way. While several proposals concerning the evaluation of costs and benefits exist, little attention has been given to the evaluation of technical qualities and, in general, to the “usage-oriented” issues. In this paper the existing proposals are examined, the different types of qualities and issues that are relevant to potential users are described, and a coherent and innovative method for the evaluation of OSS is proposed. The proposed method is expected to support the potential user in the evaluation and choice of OSS in a flexible way, taking into account all the aspects that are relevant to the user.

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