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Should You Use Free Software at Work?

May 15, 2008, 19:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

"'But it's free!' I stood in the cube of an engineer on my team as he made his case about a free software tool that would supposedly solve a recurring problem we were having with our network. Sure it didn't cost any money to purchase the tool, but what about the intangibles?

"What if he spent hours trying to configure this free tool and still couldn't get it to work? There would be the flushing sound of opportunity costs going down the drain..."

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