IDG Contributor Network: Is open source good for business?
From the launch of the Free Software Movement in 1983, to the growing popularity of Java today, open source software is fast becoming a serious threat to proprietary software everywhere. By its very essence, open source fuels enterprising organizations, because unlike cookie-cutter solutions available from proprietary systems, it enables greater innovation and differentiation, helping companies stand apart and encouraging healthy competition at a lower cost.
Low cost and differentiation
It’s no wonder that many of today’s business and government organizations rely on open source software, such as Linux, as a low-cost alternative that can be customized to suit particular needs pretty quickly. In fact, it’s estimated that more than half of software acquired over the next several years will be open source. And we’re not only talking about operating systems and productivity tools, but also about smart software application tools like machine learning.
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