"Before you commit to the adoption of open source, Critical
Thinking 101 mandates that you ask the question, 'Why?' This
section attempts to answer that question from a variety of
perspectives. Open source has impact not just for developers and
in-house IT managers, but also potentially for every person
throughout the value chain of an organization from management to
knowledge workers to suppliers, customers, and partners.
"By and large, the effects of open source are advantageous with
benefits ranging from lower costs to simplified management to
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