by oneafrikan on September 11, 2005
The lure of open source software is that it is free%u2014anyone can use it or modify it without license fees, and no vendor can lock users in for fixes and enhancements. Open source has spawned a worldwide development community that improves and fixes the software, often much faster than in the proprietary vendor world. The disruptive nature of open source software makes it the focus of the 2004 CSC Leading Edge Forum report, Open Source: Open for Business.
Picking up from the previous post, most people I speak to about Open Source software either have no idea what it is, or have a flippant or negative approach to it, especially people that have grown up in the Microsoft camp (yes guys, most of you do ;-).
This feature on CSC’s site puts things in perspective, and as such I think it’s quite a good primer for what the current state of play is. Recommended for people who want to understand the business benefits / impact of Open Source Software (OSS).