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IT Business Canada: Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too: Adopt Open Source Software

Dec 21, 2006, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Whaley)

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"Take a quick look around SourceForge.net and you'll see that the open source movement in software development is alive and well. With more than a million registered users and 100,000-plus-projects, this is no flash in the pan. In fact, every enterprise IT decision maker should be constantly evaluating the merits of open source versus proprietary software solutions for critical business needs. A lot is made of the fact that open source software is free, but 'freely available' is probably a more accurate expression. It may not cost anything to download a copy of Linux or OpenOffice, for instance, but support from an open source developer is typically minimal and documentation crude and incomplete (if it exists at all). That means that an enterprise adopting an open source solution will be forced to provide an internal support team or hire a third party to provide support, training and software maintenance..."

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