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What DC Businesses Need to Know About Open Source Software and FOSS Compliance

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

What started as a fringe movement among software developers has turned into a widespread practice.

In yesterday's blog post, I described open source software and the key role it has played in the development of the Internet and information technology (IT) as we know it today. We explored the ways in which it differs from proprietary software, as well as licensing and compliance requirements for both.

Many organizations now include open source software as part of their IT strategy. According to a recent Gartner Survey, over half of the companies surveyed use open source software. In an even more recent survey by Black Duck Software, this figure was reported as 78 percent. Many application development and software firms utilize open source as a development and distribution tool, as well as using it for their own product platforms.

With the widespread adoption of open source software, it has become imperative to adhere to proper governance and compliance guidelines. Using external code — such as open source — to build new applications, products, and services could result in technical and security risks to a company’s entire network operating environment. 

Continue reading to learn more about:

  1. Licensing open source software
  2. FOSS compliance
  3. Risks
  4. Why you need a policy
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