"According to a recent CIO survey of 375 IT professionals, the
IT community is growing more comfortable with the open-source
development model, reporting that open source will dominate their
Web server application platforms and server operating systems
within five years.
"Why is this? CIOs say the greatest benefits from using open
source are lower total cost of ownership, lower capital investment
and greater reliability and uptime. They also say that open source
provides greater flexibility and control and enables faster,
cheaper application development.
"It is clear that open source is cheaper and this alone is a
significant factor in its adoption--but more reliable and flexible
needs more analysis. At first glance, the process of developing
software by independent teams would seem to be fraught with