Accession Number : ADA459563


Title :   A Business Case Study of Open Source Software


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA


Personal Author(s) : Kenwood, Carolyn A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a459563.pdf


Report Date : Jul 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : This paper was prepared as part of The MITRE Corporation's FY00 Mission-Oriented Investigation and Experimentation (MOIE) research project Open Source Software in Military Systems. The paper analyzes the business case of open source software. It is intended to help Program Managers evaluate whether open source software and development methodologies are applicable to their technology programs. In the Executive Summary, the paper explains open source, describes its significance, compares open source to traditional commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, presents the military business case, shows the applicability of Linux to the military business case, analyzes the use of Linux, discusses anomalies, and provides considerations for military Program Managers. The paper also provides a history of Unix and Linux, presents a business case model, and analyzes the commercial business case of Linux.


Descriptors :   *COMPARISON , *OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT , *MILITARY APPLICATIONS , *OPERATING SYSTEMS(COMPUTERS) , *SOFTWARE TOOLS , INTEROPERABILITY , AVAILABILITY , TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT , RISK ANALYSIS , COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS , LIFE CYCLE COSTS , LIMITATIONS , CASE STUDIES , RELIABILITY , PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE