Chapter 3

A Case for Open Source

Information in this chapter:

• Introduction

• Open Source and the Federal Government

• OSS Adoption Challenges: Acquisition and Security

• OSS and Federal Cloud Computing


There has been a continued growth in the use of open source software or OSS1 and cloud computing, both in the public and private sector. In this chapter, we will focus our discussion on the impact of OSS and the federal government’s adoption of cloud computing technologies. Both cloud computing and OSS2 individually offer potential benefits for federal agencies to improve their efficiency, agility, and innovation, by enabling them to be more responsive to new or changing requirements in their missions. OSS improves the way the ...

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