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The Navhind Times: Demystifying Open Source

Mar 18, 2004, 10:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Andrews)

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"I recently met an old friend who told me that he would be switching to Linux because it is cheap. Most people I asked often told me that the reason they switched or plan to do is because the software is cheap. A good idea, but not just because it is cheap, there are many compelling good reasons to switch to Linux an open-source software. When open-source software first came into being, many professionals felt that it would not work. Today the facts and figures of open-source reveal a different story. Many company's production application servers run on Red Hat Linux, with Apache and Tomcat to serve Web Pages. These budget sensitive companies use Sendmail, an open-source mail server to send mail. Some companies go a step further in using MySQL, an open-source relational database system.

"Price does not matter. Most people think that with open-source you do not pay a cent. But using open-source is about getting work done with reliability, stability and performance improvement as compared to other systems. Failure rate with Linux is almost absent in contrast with other paid Operating Systems. The overheads for running Linux is less and the added benefit is that it runs applications faster than other Operating Systems..."

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