SearchEnterpriseLinux: Golden's Rules: Set Your Evaluation Bar by OSS
Sep 29, 2004, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernard Golden)
"Too many discussions of open source are carried on as if open
source and commercial software belong to two different universes,
and that an organization's choice must be either all open source or
all commercial. Many times the decision to use open source is
portrayed by open source skeptics as driven by ideology or a bias
against commercial software products in general. In economic terms,
this perspective is based on a belief that open source products and
commercial products are not substitutable goods; in other words,
that you can't use one or the other for the same purpose.
"I believe that these rationales for using or not using open
source are wrong. IT shops should choose the tool that best
addresses their organizations' needs rather than being biased
toward one type of product based on belief or prejudice..."