"When considering which software applications to buy, more and
more midsize companies are considering open source--low-cost or
free software whose source code can be modified by users or
developers. Open-source software holds great appeal for these
companies; not only is it generally much less expensive, but it is
often more flexible, reliable, robust and customizable.
"'The midmarket is often the right match in terms of comparable
features to traditional midmarket products, [but] at less cost,'
said Jay Lyman, an open-source analyst with The 451 Group..."