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OSS - Crouch 1 Open Source Software and Standards The...

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Crouch 1 Open Source Software and Standards The Management Information Systems 6 th Edition Textbook defines open source software as: "software for which the source code (how the software was written) is publically available and free of charge. Unlike commercial software, open-source software is created and maintained by a distributed network of engineers, software developers, and users, each making contributions to the open-source software. " This definition provides a general understanding of what an open source software is and how it is created. This software is different from the commercial software, because they can be changed to suit what the user is wanting. So, if the user was at a certain company and the company needed some different features than what the commercial software offered, that they could find an open-source software and manipulate it, or change it to meet that specific companies needs. To do the same thing with a commercial software the individual would
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