Social Acceptability of Open Source Software by Example of the Ubuntu Operating System

Social Acceptability of Open Source Software by Example of the Ubuntu Operating System

Mateusz Szołtysik (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4313-0.ch011
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Abstract

The modern development of information technology, and what is connected with it—technological progress and also the wide availability of hardware—make the Open Source software a necessary part of life today. Alternative operating systems with equal functionality are often exceedingly available. These systems often allow one to use a computer freely and are fully suitable for household use. The first part of the chapter includes explanation of acceptance issues and presentation of the most popular acceptance models. The second part contains a description of creating this study and analysis of its results.
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Introduction

The study was designed to test whether people, who have an opportunity to choose a commercial operating system or free alternatives are ready to give up paid solutions and try switching to free and complimentary systems.

The most dynamically developed Linux distribution, Ubuntu was chosen as an example of an alternative operating system and is discussed in this chapter.

The main focus of the survey was to verify that the community of people gathered around this Ubuntu system is able to give up the use of another commercial operating system only in favor of Ubuntu.

Performing daily activities on home computers was set for an example of operating system usage.

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