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CIO: The ROI of Open Source

Jun 16, 2005, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernard Golden)

"The ROI of open-source software is a contentious issue. Several recent studies, conducted by Yankee Group, JupiterResearch, Forrester Research and others, have focused on the ROI of upgrading a Windows installation versus switching to Linux and have concluded that it is less expensive to stick with Windows. But the reports miss a critical point: Switching from Windows to Linux is the worst-case ROI scenario. After all, the new platform requires training and perhaps hiring new personnelâ€"always expensive propositionsâ€"versus merely paying for licenses..."

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