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Builder.com: Choosing an Open Source System Makes Business and Technical Sense

Mar 19, 2003, 12:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Brase)

"A lot has been said in recent years about the relative merits of open source software (OSS) vs. single-vendor, proprietary software. The sheer volume of discourse is owed in part to the disparate groups involved in the discussion. Business leaders trying to build empires are arguing with radicals trying to change the world, who in turn are cajoling project managers just trying to ship on time. I maintain that, politics aside, for most software projects, some level of openness makes good business sense.

"The reasons for selecting openly specified platforms, patent-unencumbered technologies, and open source tools are numerous and unequivocal. They range from vendor flexibility to security to support to life cycle self-determinism--and finally, to total cost of ownership. Let's look at each of those in turn..."

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