Selection criteria of open source software: First stage for adoption

Mohamed Sarrab*, Osama M.Hussain Rehman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Open Source Software (OSS) products started to become popular in the market as an alternative to closed source software. Companies and organizations are starting to adopt OSS on large scales and several governmental initiatives have encouraged the usage of OSS in the private sectors. The objective of this paper is to identify all possible OSS characteristics and propose new quality characteristics for selecting OSS in the adoption process. In general, the adoption of OSS among potential users in public sector agencies is still low and needs to be encouraged. This paper provides a brief history of OSS and open source's key programming languages. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of OSS. In order to improve user confidentiality, this paper identifies all possible OSS characteristics and proposes new internal quality characteristics for selecting OSS that can be added to each DeLone and McLean information system model dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Information Processing and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Closed source software
  • Free software
  • Open source software (OSS)
  • Proprietary software
  • Quality characteristics
  • Selection Criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Information Systems and Management


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