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ZDNet: Does Open Source Usage Free Your Budget Up for the Best Talent?

Jul 30, 2006, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Here's a great 'opportunity cost' question. It's no secret these days (just look at the gazillions of studies) that it's not necessarily cheaper to run a business with open source software than it is to run 'closed-source' commercial software. The actual costs just show up in different places. But what rarely gets explored are the trade-offs that are made when your fixed budget is spent in different places.

"For example, what would you rather have? A support contract for your IT with a Fortune 500 company? Or, in lieu of that, the very best in-house talent to run your open source-based IT...?"

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