Enterprise Linux Log

Apr 18 2007   9:00AM GMT

Top 10 reasons why the enterprise should use open source software


Our editorial focus here at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com is predominantly the “Linux IT guy” — that administrator who desperately wants his Linux machines to play nice with everything else in his/her DC — but every once in a great while I like to delve into the wide world of open source software at large and see what’s new.

Today, I stumbled upon a neat list of the top 10 reasons why enterprises should use open source software, and I decided to link to it and provide a few excerpts as well. The author of the list starts with a good point; that when enterprise customers are asked about the benefits of open source, they often cite cost as the big reason for using it. “Cheaper to buy, cheaper to fix, cheaper to run,” he says, noting people typically don’t mention the “freedom” of open source development in their reasoning.

1. Open source makes you responsible. When you choose the components yourself, you don

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