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InformationWeek: Open Source: Tell Me Why I Care

Mar 13, 2007, 23:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"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..."

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