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Socio technical dependencies on OSS

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Open Source Software is traditionally driven by the plethora of data produced and maintained by projects. Open source projects may enjoy high level of socio-technical congruence despite their open and distributed character. Such observation is yet to be confirmed in the case of forking, where projects originating from the same root evolve in parallel and are typically lead by different development teams. In recent time the rate of socio technical dependencies on OSS are high.

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. Some software has source code that only the person, team, or organization who created it—and maintains exclusive control over it—can modify. People call this kind of software “proprietary” or “closed source” software. Open source software is different. Its authors make its source code available to others who would like to view that code, copy it, learn from it, alter it, or share it. LibreOffice and the GNU Image Manipulation Program are examples of open source software. OSS supports design, build and run the communication network as a whole and individual services that make use of that network.

Socio technical dependencies on OSS

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How OSS works?

OSS are expected to conform to a number of regulatory / compliance standards, and these vary, based not only on where the service provider operates but on its size, the nature of its business and so on. At a high level, there are three types of OSS and we will need to understand clearly which of the three we have or will deploy:

  • Integrated single provider OSS, where the entire software suite is provided by a single vendor. In this case, the integration of features and components is the responsibility of that vendor. In many cases, integrated OSS providers will make statements on the compliance features they offer, and though these can never be taken as authoritative, they will at least provide a starting point in considering compliance requirements.
  • OSS created from common standard architecture, most likely the architecture defined by the Telemanagement Forum enhanced Telecommunications Operations Map which provides detailed structural and interface rules.
  • OSS created through discrete integration of components. This means you will be building up your OSS by selecting components for integration. With this approach, compliance will be entirely up to your organization.

OSS project like traditional in-house projects, often pose the potential for enormous problems, whose effects run from immense cumulative delay through complete breakdown and failure. This situation is evident, as OSS development is a social-technical endeavor and is non-trivial. It has been recognized that the structure of a software product and the layout of the development organization working on that product correlate.

Open source software programmers can charge money for the open source software they create or to which they contribute. But in some cases, because an open source license might require them to release their source code when they sell software to others, some programmers find that charging user’s money for software services and support is more lucrative. This way, their software remains free of charge, and they make money helping others install, use, and troubleshoot it.

Open source software licenses promote collaboration and sharing because they permit other people to make modifications to source code and incorporate those changes into their own projects. They encourage computer programmers to access, view, and modify open source software whenever they like, as long as they let others do the same when they share their work.

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