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A Guide to Open Source Software

A Guide to Open Source Software

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Published by Ernesto Guevara
Something that Government and Society Should be aware of when implementing Opensource Projects
Something that Government and Society Should be aware of when implementing Opensource Projects

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Published by: Ernesto Guevara on Oct 23, 2010
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As more open source technology is used in the ICT industry, existing service providers

working in the government arena may introduce OSS solutions into client agency

environments. This may take place as part of the mix of software used by a single source

Sourcing open source software

Government buyers

Resellers

SME vendors

Open source development community

Major OSS vendor #1

Major OSS vendor #2

Resellers

Acquires

OSS from

community

Direct

sales

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A Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies

Developing and Executing an ICT Sourcing Strategy

service provider to fulfil its service level agreements with the client agency. Alternatively,

OSS may be deployed as part of a new technical methodology or approach that the service

provider may adopt.

In such cases, the vendor and the client agency need to address all matters relating to the

proper operation, warranties and indemnities associated with this new software within the

existing contractual framework. These contractual issues should be resolved in accordance

with the standard contracts and Financial Management and Accountability Act (FMA) and

Regulations. See page 27 ‘Meeting Australian Government requirements’.

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