Open and Closed Source Software Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Open and Closed Source Software
An analysis of the pros and cons of open and closed source software.
# 62751 | 3,109 words | 21 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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This paper discusses the respective benefits of open and closed source software from a cost-effectiveness perspective for the RMIT University. The paper describes the background of the problem, a brief overview of open and closed source applications, and presents a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages. An analysis of the findings is followed by a summary of the research and recommendations for the university in the conclusion.

Background and Overview
Open Source Applications
Closed Source Applications
Conclusions and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Open source software can be purchased for little or no cost, and future upgrades are also obtainable free of charge (Wayner, 2000; Lopez, 2004). Rechtman points out that open-source applications such as Gnumeric, an Excel-like spreadsheet, or Ximian, a desktop organizer that combines features of Palm OS and Microsoft Outlook, cost virtually nothing to install. "In fact," he says, "they are freely available for download from the Internet" (p. 67). According to Kim, educators in particular stand to gain from open source alternatives. "More importantly," she adds, "they may also find a new and improved way to teach" (emphasis added) (p. 15). This was also the finding of Cowpland who reports that a partnership between Corel and three academic institutions in the Ottawa area resulted in the development of pilot programs using Corel LINUX OS and WordPerfect 8 for Linux: "While the project is just finishing its first year, administrators have noticed an increase in the desire of their students to continue pursuing computer technology in upper years. They anticipate rolling out the program on a potentially wider scale for next year" (p. 62)."

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