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TechWorld: The ROI of Open Source

Oct 13, 2005, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernard Golden)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The ROI of open-source software is a contentious issue.

"Several recent studies, conducted by Yankee Group, Jupiter Research, Forrester Research and others, have focused on the ROI of upgrading a Windows installation versus switching to Linux and have concluded that it is less expensive to stick with Windows. But the reports miss a critical point: switching from Windows to Linux is the worst-case ROI scenario. After all, the new platform requires training and perhaps hiring new personnel--always expensive propositions--versus merely paying for licences..."

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