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How FOSS makes better programmers

Apr 16, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

"Why should a company pay a programmer a salary to write them a piece of software when they can simply grab a free and open source application off the web that already does what they need? And even if it doesn't completely fit their needs, it's easy enough to modify the program to fit the specific needs of each organization.

"So it's true that FOSS does destroy programming jobs, however it's not the kind of destruction you normally think of. FOSS isn't suddenly putting a lot of programmers out of work, but rather it's acting like a strainer, sifting out the chaff from the wheat, and the flies from the oil. It also has the power to take that wheat and oil and make something amazing out of it."

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