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Open Source Software adaptation in Africa: is a matter of inferior or cheap is not quality?


Bakar, Abubakar Diwani and Md. Sultan, Abu Bakar and Zulzalil, Hazura and Din, Jamilah (2014) Open Source Software adaptation in Africa: is a matter of inferior or cheap is not quality? International Journal of Open Source Software and Process, 5 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1942-3926; ESSN: 1942-3934


The African continent has long benefited from adopting OSS in its private and public organizations that have changed their way of development, the use and how to acquire proprietary software. This frequency of adaptation does not appear to be in balance with the contribution to the OSS community. Using views from experienced software practitioners working in different organizations across two African countries it has been observed that neglected infrastructure, a wide availability of proprietary software and misconceptions of a clear meaning of Open Source Software across Africa have been an obstacle towards the participation in the OSS technology in the global network.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.4018/ijossp.2014010101
Publisher: IGI Global
Keywords: Adaptation; Open Source Software; Open Source Software community; Proprietary software; Software adoption
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 14:19
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 14:19
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/34749
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