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[News] "Monster List" of Free/Open Source Software

  • Subject: [News] "Monster List" of Free/Open Source Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:22:45 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open Source Downloads: the Monster List

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| As demonstrated by the nearly 500 open source 
| downloads on this list, open source software 
| has benefited from an explosion of creativity 
| in the last several years. Indeed, the first 
| decade of the 21st century could be called âthe 
| Decade of Open Source.â
| Since 2006, Datamation has put together at 
| least 15 different lists of open source 
| software, for file sharing, enterprises, small 
| businesses, windows users, netbooks, security 
| professionals, and others. (And check out the 
| hot new open source list from late 2009). For 
| this list of open source downloads, we 
| revisited all those applications that we've 
| featured before, culled out the projects that 
| are no longer active (or no longer open 
| source), made updates, and organized them 
| alphabetically in categories. 



- From Free to Recovery

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| As my fellow OSI board member (and report draft author
| Rishab Ghosh) explains "If you cannot quantify these
| exit costs, then you should limit them. If you cannot
| limit them, then you either need other software, or you
| need better criteria." When the question is "How do we
| wasting $1T USD per year on ITC spending?", the answer
| is that we're using inferior tools when superior tools
| are available. When the question is "Why are we wasting
| so much year after year after year?" the answer is
| proprietary lock-in that was never part of our initial
| procurement calculations. I have spoken with
| procurement people around the world in both the public
| and private sectors, and the single best way we can
| help them do the best job is for a line of business (or
| a public adminstrations) to communicate clearly and
| concretely the message that exit costs are real costs,
| and should be considered in all tenders. They have the
| necessary expertise to see that those costs are
| properly evaluated in the context of future
| procurements.

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