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[News] Mainstream Press Heralds Growth of Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Mainstream Press Heralds Growth of Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 22:56:18 +0100
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Open Source Gains More Traction

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| Sun Microsystems claims OpenOffice.org, its free 
| office productivity suite, is downloaded 100,000 times 
| a day. A year ago, Sun saw just half that number of 
| downloads. Sun also claims that downloads of 
| Glassfish, its open source application server, have 
| doubled in the last one year, and that of MySQL, the 
| open source database, have increased by 30 percent. 
| All the Fortune 500 companies are now using free 
| software.
| But itâs not just about the savings. An Indian 
| organization deployed Linux and Asterisk, a solution 
| that converts a PC into a full-fledged EPABX system. 
| This not only helped it reduce costs, but also allowed 
| the company to add new features easily by just 
| installing additional software modules rather than 
| purchasing additional hardware. 


Why prefer open source

,----[ Quote ]
| A preference for open source is based on a simple, 
| easy to understand premise.
| An open source code base is your asset. A proprietary 
| code base is someone elseâs asset.


The Calling for Open Source Innovation

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| Open source alternatives to proprietary technologies 
| have been proven in many mission-critical deployments, 
| and the cost savings that can be achieved by switching 
| to these open source technologies are significant. 
| Using the money saved to fund new innovations could 
| mean the difference between surviving and thriving in 
| this difficult climate.



More SMBs are adopting open source

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| Fast on the heels of Sun's release of an updated
| version of the MySQL Enterprise Monitor, MySQL has
| released the results of a survey of 637 small and
| medium-size businesses (less than 500 employees) in
| Europe documenting open source usage. While this is
| not as comprehensive as Alfresco's prior Open Source
| Barometer surveys, it still provides an interesting
| snapshot on usage patterns. (And maybe this will
| encourage Alfresco to revisit its survey.)

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