"As more than 11,000 attendees prepare to converge on San
Francisco for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week, one
industry analyst says customers are evaluating open-source software
the same way they evaluate proprietary software: It has to be
priced right and work well.
"Enterprises are judging open source on its up-front cost, total
cost of ownership, reliability and features, just as they would a
commercial product, said Matt Lawton, an analyst with IDC. Criteria
unique to open source such as issues of potential liability for
patent infringement and the level of technical support, are way
down the list of worries..."
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