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Open Source Software: Five Common Mistakes

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ew technology initiatives have generated as much interest among chief information officers as the open-source software. The open-source model offers attractive license-free infrastructure solutions. technology; large, multiuser applications; and desktop applications. Built by development communities, applications evolve and improve as community members offer their revisions to their peers, who reject or accept the changes into the applications' code.

The following list delineates those pitfalls. The core list was created by Drew Ladner, general manager of the government group at JBoss, a company that distributes license-free open-source middleware, including application server and Web portal technology. The company also provides consulting and support services. Before joining the company, Ladner served as the Treasury Department's CIO. He was president of Zuri Technology, a consulting firm, before taking his current position last June.

Other open source users and consultants responded to Ladner's list of common mistakes.

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1: take common everyday business F**kup's
2: mix in open source buzz words
3: profit!

This article could apply to any number of business management issues.
Swap out "Open Source" for "Out Sourceing" or "Middle Management Creep" or "Lax QC" or whatever. And like most "business articles" they're great at pointing out problems but offer nothing in the way of solving those problems (and I don't need a MBA consultant to do that, I have a mother-in-law).

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