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Impediments to institutional adoption of Free/Open Source Software

Peter St. Onge (pete.stonge@utoronto.ca)

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) have a number of characteristics that make it highly desirable in institutional settings: prevention of lock-in, cross-platform availability and version consistancy across platforms, internationalization support, breadth and depth of choices, availability of updates and cost. Despite these manifold advantages, institutional uptake of FOSS has been limited. This paper discusses some of the key factors limiting adoption, and presents some suggestions on how these barriers can be overcome.



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