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BBC: Charities Shun Open Source Code

Nov 09, 2006, 16:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Mitchell)

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"In the computing world, open-source software is often taken to mean free--so why would a charity choose to fork out good money for proprietary software?

"The theory behind open-source software is that it avoids many of the pitfalls--including cost--of closed alternatives.

"But Steven Buckley, who runs Christian Aid's common knowledge programme, prefers to buy software from the likes of Microsoft. Is this not odd for a charity...?"

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