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Open Source Going Mainstream

Aug 03, 2007, 17:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Mullins)

"As more than 11,000 attendees prepare to converge on San Francisco for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week, one industry analyst says customers are evaluating open-source software the same way they evaluate proprietary software: It has to be priced right and work well.

"Enterprises are judging open source on its up-front cost, total cost of ownership, reliability and features, just as they would a commercial product, said Matt Lawton, an analyst with IDC. Criteria unique to open source such as issues of potential liability for patent infringement and the level of technical support, are way down the list of worries..."

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