Open Source is Good for You Because…

I was pondering whilst in the car today and thought I’d write this down before forgetting it forever.

Before I say why I think Open Source is good for you (and your business) I want to make it clear that I don’t intend to harp on about the usual:

  • It’s either free or fairly priced (although it is)
  • It’s more secure (although it almost certainly is)
  • It’s more reliable (although, from experience I’d say that is generally true)
  • It doesn’t lock you in to single vendor’s solution (although that is actually correct)
  • It supports Open Standards so you retain control of your data (but that is also true)

No, Open Source is good for you because it is good for everyone…

  • It’s much more kind to our environment
    • Few large global corporations flying thousands of overpaid salesmen and marketing types to more grand launches/lunches and meetings etc etc etc O.K. Someone like IBM might but not very much šŸ˜‰
    • Almost zero use of PAPER and other raw materials.
  • It builds communities without borders.
    • Global interaction of like-minded individuals who really CARE about what they do and why they do it.
  • It makes products that actually work!
  • It makes products that do what WE want rather than the Marketing department of BullyBoySoft Inc.
  • It enables true Darwinian product evolution.
  • It offers more than just a product or technology solution – it offers a platform for learning and development simply by being Open.

Any takers????


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