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Open source gets European boost

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by pow-wow, Jan 17, 2007.

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    The European Commission has added its voice to the debate about the use of open source software.

    A report funded by the Commission concludes that the software could offer considerable savings to organisations with little effect on their business.

    The report found that in "almost all" cases long-term costs could be reduced by switching from proprietary software produced by firms such as Microsoft.

    However, it warned that a move to open source could increase short term costs.

    This would be largely be due to increased training for users of the software, said the authors of the report who are based at the United Nations University in Maastricht.

    But some proprietary manufacturers such as Microsoft do not believe that open source always means cheaper. In 2004 the company launched a campaign called Get The Facts that gave examples of where its software was cheaper and more reliable than open source products.

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6270657.stm
     
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    Open source is the way to go unless you want to continue paying exorbitant M$ licensing fee.
     

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