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The Desired State of FOSS

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The Desired State of FOSS

The project must have measurable goals such that progress may be measured. This section is a list of proposed indicators to assess this.

Common Benchmarks


Awareness is Achieved

  1. 85% of the segment can identify one reason why FOSS is superior to proprietary non-free alternatives
  2. 70% of the segment can identify two reasons why FOSS is superior to proprietary non-free alternatives
  3. 50% of the segment can identify three or more reasons why FOSS is superior to proprietary non-free alternatives

Misconceptions are Educated Down to Acceptable Levels

  1. 85% of the segment4 can credibly argue against one of the main misconceptions.
  2. 70% of the segment can credibly argue against two of the main misconceptions.
  3. 50% of the segment can credibly argue against three or more of the main misconceptions.


The End User


The end user segment will be regarded as requiring no further action when: Availability is Ubiquitous

  1. The price to the end user of FOSS does not exceed 125% of the cost of media and duplication5.
  2. At least one of the three bookstores/stationery stores closest to the end user's residence/place of work carries linux and FOSS software.

The Small, Medium, and Large Sized Local Business


FOSS is either deployed to cover 85% of business needs for which a FOSS package exists which is at least equivalent to the most logical proprietary alternative, or plans to deploy to reach 85% are in place.


The Foreign Multinational


FOSS status within this segment of business is beyond the scope of this document.



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