Content development for e-business systems: a case study of Foss tools in content development for Kampala international university - Ict

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management.
Proprietary software are programs whose licenses give the user permission to run them but are not allowed to share, alter or even redistribute them while Open Source Software/Free Software (OSS/FS), also abbreviated as FOSS (Free Open Source Software) licenses give users the freedom to run the program for any purpose, study, modify, and redistribute copies of either the original or modified program without having to pay royalties to previous developers. This research employed both an explanatory and experimental approach to assess the maturity of FOSS by analyzing its reliability, security, usability and availability, as compared to Proprietary Software. The users can use the discussed results to compare software and thereby purchase appropriate programs for their organizations. This research reveals that OSS/FOSS and proprietary performances depend on the context and situation. When it comes to this parameter, it is hard for one to conclusively say that FOSS or proprietary software is better. The research, however, reveals that FOSS is more reliable and more secure than the proprietary software.
A research report submitted to the school of postgraduate studies in partial fulfillment for the award of the degree of master of business administration -information technology of Kampala international university
E-business systems, Content development, Foss tools in content development, Kampala international university