"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...?"