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Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Open Source

Open Source
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Author(s): Heidi Lee Schnackenberg (SUNY Plattsburgh, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 8
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch543


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The phrase “open source” is not something often heard in everyday conversation. However, the idea of downloadable, free, software, particularly mobile applications, or “apps,” has become quite commonplace. Individuals often download free products, grateful that they are available, and will potentially work well, without thinking where they originate or why they even exist. Not so long ago, most things associated with computers available to the general population came at a cost and were available from only a few vendors. Presently, this is no longer the case thanks to the ever-increasing availability and popularity of open source software, operating systems, and applications.

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