50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software
Aug 17, 2010, 14:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The "Great Recession" has businesses and consumers
alike looking for ways to cut costs. That includes looking for
cheaper alternatives to expensive software.
"In most cases, open source applications offer much lower
prices, even if you need to purchase paid support. With that in
mind, we've put together a list of open source alternatives to
software that tends to cost a lot.
"This list comes with a few caveats. First, it's nearly
impossible to find prices for the very most expensive software you
can buy. Many enterprise software vendors don't release their
prices because they negotiate separately with each customer or
because their licensing schemes are so complicated that they could
never explain them adequately in less than 5,000 words."