Three Reasons Open Source Will Save The Economy

Nice article by whurley

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You buy the shovel, but you want the hole.

It’s amazing how easy it is to forget that software is just a tool. Companies purchase software so their employees can execute specific tasks. You don’t need a laser-guided shovel with built-in GPS navigation to dig your hole. A plain ol’ shovel will get the job done just fine.

So buck up, little campers, open source software even comes with a free pack of weenies and a bag of marshmallows. Seriously, folks, go take the money you save by going open source and invest it in keeping the people around who really run your business. They need those jobs now more than ever.
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2 Replies to “Three Reasons Open Source Will Save The Economy”

  1. Hey Bernhard,

    Thanks for the compliment. I noticed the link wasn’t hyper linked:

    http://whurley.com/2008/12/03/three-reasons-open-source-will-save-the-economy/

    If the non-hyper linking is on purpose..whoops please excuse. I’m not really big on blogging so the nuance of how people manage their sites sometimes escapes me. Thanks again for the compliment…I’m glad you liked the post.

    ttys,
    whurley


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  2. I am a Microsoft developer, have been for the last 10 years, but I have to say the open source model always had made a lot of business sense. You might think that you get better support with paid products like Microsoft, but let me tell you it comes at one whopping price.

    Secondly, You might think that Microsoft offer their partners some kind of discount scheme for product licenses, support and training. None of this is true. I work for company that is a huge Microsoft Partner, we’re one of the biggest IT providers in Europe, but Microsoft still charge us the same training fees that they charge any old guy off the street. We pay 300 euros an hour for their support.

    You might also try and justify the situation by saying paid products are so much better. This might be true with a lot of things, but this rule cannot be applied to software. A lot of the free software thats emerging now days is better than its paid counterparts.

    Finally and at all costs avoid the use of Microsoft SharePoint, this will tie you into a costly relationship with Microsoft, and once you’ve been using it for a while, there is no cheap way to get out of it.

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