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Why Open-Source Software Vendors Should Charge More

Dec 09, 2009, 04:32 (6 Talkback[s])
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"In the art world where quality is subjective, this is understandable — perhaps even unavoidable. But in the world of enterprise software, where metrics like speed, reliability, scalability and so on are available, it is just muddled thinking. But it may also account for some of the success of Microsoft's Windows server operating systems — at the expense of open source alternatives like Linux.

""I think open source is great for its own internal playground type of things, but if it's running vital mission-critical applications — networks running on open source for example — then that is a huge, huge risk to the organization," Peter Gyorgy, chief information officer of General Electric's Consumer and Industrial division in Europe said at an IT summit recently. "We are not here to be an IT shop, we are here to be the partner of a business, and we shouldn't put business' operations into risk by running very low-cost solutions," he is quoted as saying."

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