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November/December 2010 (vol. 12 no. 6)
pp. 14-16
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield
Jeffrey Voas, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Tom Costello, UpStreme

Historically, free and open source software (FOSS) has been a movement widely thought to be outside the mainstream of commercial software. But now, corporate entities are big players in FOSS. This introduction looks at how FOSS got to where it is today and presents the theme articles in this special issue on FOSS. The articles cover open source in law enforcement and higher education, open source for geographic information systems, and open source services.

1. B. Charny, "Microsoft Raps Open-Source Approach," CNET News,3 May 2001; http://news.cnet.com2100-1001-257001.html&tag=mncol%3btxt.
2. K. Bresford, Patenting Software under the European Patent Convention, Sweet & Maxwell, 2000, p. 4.

Index Terms:
Free and open source software, FOSS, information technology
Keith W. Miller, Jeffrey Voas, Tom Costello, "Free and Open Source Software," IT Professional, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 14-16, Nov.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MITP.2010.147
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