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TechRepublic/Gartner: Despite misconceptions, open source finds its place in enterprise projects

Dec 18, 2000, 22:57 (5 Talkback[s])

"Clearly, many organizations have already accepted the open-source methodology. Apache remains a leading Web server toolset, and Linux is popping up in many corporate networks in utilitarian roles, such as DHCP resolution. In fact, Gartner recommends that IS organizations reexamine any policy that flatly excludes OSS projects."

"So why are some organizations--and consequently IT pros--slow to embrace OSS? Much of this apprehension is due to common misconceptions about open-source development and support issues. When evaluating the viability of adding OSS skills to your own toolset, you may hear any of the following arguments against making the move to OSS. Although all of these criticisms contain kernels of truth, they are often overstated and should not present an absolute barrier to tackling an enterprise project with an OSS solution.

"Myth 1: Nobody controls development
Myth 2: Anyone can change the software, which eventually becomes unstable
Myth 3: When the lead developer leaves, the project dies
Myth 4: There is no one to turn to for support
Myth 5: OSS projects will eventually splinter--like UNIX

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