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Handle open-source software during system design

Posted: 31 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:open-source software  databases  report generators 

System design with open-source software has many advantages. Most notably among them is that development organisations can build systems faster, more flexibly, and more economically by tapping into this vast, free resource.

In this economy, it's difficult to conceive of a scenario where anyone would start a development project with the plan to write it entirely from scratch. Numerous examples of open-source components including databases, kernels, stacks, report generators, XML parsers, utilities, tools, and platforms are available. They're free and can easily be combined with other code to bring a system to market faster and more cost effectively. Developers can easily find code just using Google or by searching specialised sites such as Koders.com, a search engine for open-source code.

Although using open-source software can lower schedule risk and development costs, there are challenges. These include security vulnerabilities, complying with licence obligations, version-control issues, code leakage, export regulations, and other policy issues. These challenges all represent significant business risks.

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