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10 Tips When Considering Open Source Software

Jan 10, 2011, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Welcome to 2011. I hope one of your New Year's Resolutions is to use more open source in your small business. If so, there's no time like the present. But before you jump in, take the time to consider a few tips on how to evaluate an open source project.

"Of course your first step should be to evaluate the software. That's one of the beauties of open source -- you can get hands-on experience without having to buy a license or deal with sales folks (well, for the most part. See the single-vendor discussion later in this article).

"How to Evaluate Open Source Software: A Primer

"Features and stability aren't the only metrics to use to evaluate an open source project. You should also think about its long-term implications for your business. Is the project going to be around for the long haul? Is it always going to be available under the same terms? What kind of support is available if you really need it"

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