CIO: Linux Scales New Heights
Jan 02, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Koch)
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"A for-profit software company cannot compete with the economics
of open source--free is as cheap as it gets. Nor, it turns out, can
it compete with open source's quality testing process. Though the
pace of open-source development can be languid and tends to create
products less functionally rich than their proprietary
counterparts, the stuff gets tested so often and so brutally by so
many different people that most open-source programs are judged to
be more stable and reliable. In a commodity market, low cost and
reliability count more than bells and whistles.
"The question for CIOs in 2003 is, Which pieces of the corporate
software architecture will become commodities, ripe for replacement
by open source...?"