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
"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"