I'm looking for a series or articles which will discuss the process of migrating from proprietary technology to Open Source technology in an office environment.
The articles are aimed at UK lawyers and so the audience is intelligent though not necessarily familiar with the concepts being discussed.
Generally, the articles will discuss:
Article #1: Background/history of open source software. Pros and cons of proprietary vs open source software and where the industry is moving.
Article #2: What a firm needs to have/consider before migrating from a proprietary environment to an open-source environment (including an outline implementation plan). Not only the software involved but also the subsequent technical staff to maintain the network. And, most importantly, what happens to existing proprietary data?
Article #3: What solutions are out there that specifically facilitate migration from Microsoft to Open Source solutions, e.g. Microsoft Office can be substituted with StarOffice etc.
If you feel I have missed important points, let me know! :-)
Just a few points:
1. PLEASE, no plagiarism - I will be checking!
2. Please try to write with the audience in mind, i.e. UK lawyers. I'm looking for practical information that those managing an office can make use of.
3. The articles should avoid jargon wherever possible.
4. I'm NOT interested in technical "white papers" etc. This is really a series of user-friendly articles to introduce open source technology to an unaware audience and any information should have maximum practicality.
**When responding, please let me know if your bid is for each article or all articles.**
1) Complete and fully-functional working program(s) in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows (depending on the nature of the deliverables):
a) For web sites or other server-side deliverables intended to only ever exist in one place in the Buyer's environment--Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
b) For all others including desktop software or software the buyer intends to distribute: A software installation package that will install the software in ready-to-run condition on the platform(s) specified in this bid request.
3) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).