"Using open source software to save money is not a new idea.
Linux, Apache, mySQL, and many other established open source
'brands' have done so well they are even bundled into proprietary
"As well as these and many other established open source
solutions have done, however, there are plenty of applications
large and small that are consumed every day by companies that do
not have a Linux-like equivalent.
"But that doesn't mean you have to throw in the towel and accept
whatever terms your ISV is offering..."