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Practitioner perceptions of Open Source software in the embedded systems area
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
Certus Technology Associates, UK.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Systems and Software, ISSN 0164-1212, Vol. 84, no 9, 1540-1549 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a growing body of research to show that, with the advent of so-called professional Open Source, attitudes within many organisations towards adopting Open Source software have changed. However, there have been conflicting reports on the extent to which this is true of the embedded software systems sector--a large sector in Europe. This paper reports on attitudes towards Open Source software within that sector. Our results show a high level of acceptance of Open Source products with large, well established communities, and not only at the level of the operating system. Control over the software is seen as fundamentally important. Other key perceptions with Open Soure are an easing of long-term maintenance problems and ready availability of support. The classical strenghts of Open Source, namely mass inspection, ease of conducting trials, longevity and source code access for debugging, were at the forefront of thinking. However, there was an acknowledgement that more guidelines are needed for accessing Open Source software and incoprporating it into products.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 84, no 9, 1540-1549 p.
Keyword [en]
Open Source software, qualitative study, embedded systems, company experience, long-term maintenance
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Computer and Information Science
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5647DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2011.03.020ISI: 000294081200010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960453922OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5647DiVA: diva2:512367
Available from: 2012-03-27 Created: 2012-03-27 Last updated: 2013-01-15Bibliographically approved

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