December 30, 2008
There are many companies and various organizations that are still wondering if open source makes
sense for them and their various divisions.
After all, Microsoft has been such a predominant force in the IT sector that a great majority of people
still think that proprietary software is the only way to go...
Of course, there are many in the Linux community that simply won't agree with that at all, and will instead tell
everyone that wants to hear it that open source is the only way to go and for a number of valid reasons.
For some, there's still the 'stigma' attached to open source that it isn't tested as much as commercial
software, or that it isn't as safe to use on a corporate network.
Valid or not, such confusion only fuels more uncertainty in the user community.
To some people, no matter what is said and done, open source still continues to be the center of a "grey
area" that still needs a lot more clarification before any chance is given to FOSS (free and open source
software), and that is a very sad scenario.
Hopefully, 2009 will be a year where more education will be offered to the nay sayers, or at least better
attempts will be made towards a greater understanding of Linux and the open source community as a whole.
If you still happen to be among those that fear open source or if you think that proprietary software
is better, maybe what follows might help change your mind. After all, a mind is like a parachute: it works
Some of the many advantages of FOSS (free and open source software) versus so-called 'commercial' software:
FOSS usually costs less than proprietary software
It also usually costs less to integrate into other software
Open source software can be made safer to use if carefully implemented
Open source software has a wider global community than commercial software
And there are even more advantages...
But this debate has been ongoing for years now, and probably won't go overnight either...
Whatever you think, one thing is certain: FOSS is here to stay and the overall rate at which it will be
adopted in 2009 and in 2010 will only increase.
Expect more FOSS integration firms to setup shop in the New Year and in the coming months.
As a "sign of the times", even Microsoft now has its own open source community with its Code Plex website
(www.codeplex.com). Code Plex is a huge portal targeted directly at FOSS and the overall integration
of open source projects with Microsoft's various operating systems and many of the company's business software.
In the last six months alone, the site's membership subscriptions have increased more than 300 percent and
aren't expected to slow down any time soon.
Of course, some of the more "established" and better known FOSS sites such as Red Hat, OpenSUSE, Sun Microsystems,
IBM and a few others are taking note as well, and are increasing their overall efforts towards more open source
projects directly in their own communities.
Source: Linux News Today.
All logos, trade marks or service marks on this website are the property of their respective
companies or owners.
Linux News Today.org is read by over 450,000 people involved in the field of Linux application development,
professional Web hosting services, Linux
security, Linux Web development, etc.
Inquire about our reasonable advertising rates
on our news website. One of our advertising representatives will be in touch with you. Simply email us to learn
about our ad rates and how we can help drive relevant traffic to your website. Advertising space is limited.