posted by David Adams on Tue 29th Jan 2008 17:56 UTC
Large companies typically don't have any idea how much Open Source software they have running on their various systems. This can pose a management and legal problem, so HP has developed software, called FOSSology and FOSSBazaar to help track down errant OSS installs. A Techtarget article notes, "HP gave an example of a recent customer that had three times as many FOSS licenses as originally estimated -- 75 licenses rather than 25. This left customers with a choice: implement governance policies to allow the safe use of FOSS, or replace the software at an estimated cost of $80 million."