"My first panel for South by Southwest was titled, 'Open Source:
Tell Me Why I Care.' Four advocates discussed the reasons for using
open source. Pleasantly, there was almost no Microsoft-bashing, and
only a little discussion of using open source because it's socially
the right thing to do. 'One of the myths that keeps people away
from open source is that it smells a little bit like patchouli,'
said one audience participant. Instead, the panel offered
hard-headed, practical reasons why using open source makes sense.
The arguments will be pretty familiar to open source advocates, but
they'll be compelling to anyone who's sitting on the fence,
currently committed to proprietary software and worried about the
risks of using open source.
"Wired contributor Annalee Newitz pointed out that we often use
open source products and might not even know it..."