MSNBC: Is Linux right for your small biz?Feb 28, 2000, 18:48 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Stahura)
"Is this your idea of software nirvana: an application that is reliable, robust, relatively easy to customize, able to run on any computer platform, and free, to top it all off? If so, you don't have to wait until you get to heaven to experience this kind of software. You just have to use Linux...."
"What accounts for Linux's sudden popularity? Mainly two factors: its non-proprietary nature plus the growth of Internet use and e-commerce, for which Linux is particularly well-suited...."
"Furthermore, no one owns or can patent open-source software. It is totally collaborative - all open-source software must be distributed with the source code. As a result, anyone with the inclination and the skill can fiddle around with even the application's most crucial parts. Thus, a business can start with a basic application and then completely customize the software to fit its own needs. A user of proprietary software, however, has to work with the application as purchased."