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Author Topic: Tales from the Proprietary: OSS is good for your business model  (Read 4094 times)

housetier

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Over there at newsforge I found an article titled Why proprietary software is dangerous for business-critical applications. This is from a site that doesn't produce new headlines every minute so I usually read their articles. This particular article is interesting (for me at least) because it shows Why proprietary software can be dangerous for business-critical applications (note: different link text, same link target).

But the real point here is that an entire medium-sized company's executive staff has learned a hard lesson about the dangers of proprietary software, and members of that staff who previously resisted open source are now ready to consider it -- and for business continuity reasons rather than as a money-saving measure, no less.

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Re: Tales from the Proprietary: OSS is good for your business model
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2006, 05:55:00 PM »
Nasty... does show that you need to check licenses when you order software, especially software as critical as this. And that you need to be careful with hardware-locked anti-piracy systems.

Obviously using a commercial product didn't mean they got decent support, so they might as well have used some OpenSource stuff (if it was available) :)
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Re: Tales from the Proprietary: OSS is good for your business model
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2006, 08:51:42 PM »
i really think this is important thing in favor of open source.
on the other hand i guess you have to compare this with a counterpoint disadvantage

OS Advantage: no worries that you will end up hostage to a commercial company forcing you to upgrade or pay to have some proprietary migration.
OS Disadvantage: worry that the work on the project will dry up and leave you with no one you can pay to get some work done.