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Business 2.0: The Best Things in Tech Are Free

Jul 31, 2002, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Caulfield)

"Free software isn't 'free' as in free beer, say the advocates of open-source, but 'free' as in free speech. It's all about the open exchange of ideas. Yes, well, whatever. The fact remains: What draws IT managers to open-source software isn't all that different from what draws people to open kegs--you don't have to pay for it. (In the case of the software, it's also customizable, relatively reliable, and secure.) True, as with any software, you'll have to pay for professional installation, support, customization, and maintenance. But even if it's not served on a silver platter, open-source software is the closest thing to a free lunch on the market. For many users--though not everyone--it's worth a try..."

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