Issue VI

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Free Software/Open Source: Towards Maturity

Volume: 2001, No. VI

Date: December 2001

Guest Editors: Joe Ammann, Jesús M. González-Barahona and Pedro de las Heras Quirós

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Free Software/Open Source: Towards Maturity

The Free Software community is no longer composed of programmers writing software in their spare time. There are now many businesses that have incorporated Free Software into their strategy, either as producers or as consumers. Computer literates in general have shown interest in knowing Free Software such as GNU/Linux. Individuals and organisations investigate how they can benefit from its advantages. Free Software is quickly maturing and becoming part of the rich and complex information society.

This wealth of information and complexity was taken into account when selecting the topics and points of view for this issue. This last issue of 2002 provides a broad perspective of the actual situation of Free Software.


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • Free Software Today by Pedro de las Heras Quirós and Jesús M. González-Barahona
  • Should Business Adopt Free Software? by Gilbert Robert and Frédéric Schütz
  • Harm from The Hague by Richard Stallman
  • Software Patentability with Compensatory Regulation: a Cost Evaluation by Jean Paul Smets and Hartmut Pilch
  • Open Source in a Major Swiss Bank by Klaus Bucka-Lassen and Jan Sorensen
  • European Initiatives Concerning the Use of Free Software in the Public Sector by Juan Jesús Muñoz Esteban
  • GNU Enterprise Application Software by Neil Tiffin and Reinhard Müller
  • The Debian GNU/Linux Project by Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
  • Journal File Systems in Linux by Ricardo Galli
  • The Crisis of Free Scientific Software by David Santo Orcero
  • Counting Potatoes: the Size of Debian 2.2 by Jesús M. González-Barahona, Miguel A. Ortuño Pérez, Pedro de las Heras Quirós, José Centeno González and Vicente Matellán Olivera