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RE: [K12OSN] OT: Open Source counter-arguments



Anyone that thinks Open Source users settle for something less should take a close look at programs like Alfresco and Asterisk.  Both are Open Source and IMO do a much better job than the competition, MS Sharepoint and Cisco VOIP.  These are just two very good, mature Open Source programs that don't just sit back and try to copy the competition, they seek to improve what is being offered by the competition.  After all, isn't that what competition is all about, making a better widget than the next guy.  Open Source just takes the position that knowledge should be free.  I don't think that the "steak" analogy presents a good comparison of OTS software and Open Source.  It is just that the two have very different business models.  Make no mistake about it, Open Source is a very thriving business.  Open Source is currently a $1.8 billion dollar market and is projected to be $5.8 billion dollar market by 2011.  There wouldn! 't be this much growth for something substandard.

Ron

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