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Does the Open-Source Development Model Work for Business Users?

Mar 05, 2008, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

"When using open-source software, businesses usually choose between a free, community-supported version of an application or a fee-based enterprise version that includes support, service, updates and other features.

"Business users also have to decide for what purpose they want to use open-source software and how critical it will be to their business processes. Free, community-supported versions are fine for testing or noncritical needs, but when the work is mission-critical, users say they are more likely to pay for enterprise versions of open-source applications..."

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