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[News] Free Software Assessed from Financial Perspective

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Assessed from Financial Perspective
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 19:11:02 +0100
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Jon "maddog" Hall Viewpoint: Total Cost vs. Return on Investment 

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| Why Does FOSS Typically Give Better ROI?
| Imagine if you were trying to glue two 
| glass rods together. Each of the glass rod 
| ends is shiny and smooth, and the glue 
| can't get a good grip on the glass. It 
| might hold for a few minutes, but 
| eventually the glue will lose its grip. If 
| you could take a bit of sandpaper and rough 
| up the surfaces, the glue could get a 
| better grip, and the rods might stay glued 
| together.
| Consider the same analogy with software: 
| With two pieces of CSPS software you can't 
| âsandâ them to make them integrate better. 
| Any integration has to be done with the 
| provided APIs that you have (if any).  With 
| FOSS software, you could change the source 
| code of the two pieces and get them to 
| integrate better.  You can formulate a 
| better integration than if the software was 
| âclosed.â This is the core of the argument 
| around ROI: the ability to change the 
| software to meet your business needs.
| CSPS advocates will argue that the 
| companies that produce the software can 
| integrate it for you. I find it hard to 
| believe that large software companies will 
| allow the types of integration that will be 
| mentioned in the following ROI examples.


Large VARs add open source to armoury

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| The growing acceptance of open-source 
| software has forced some of the UKâs 
| largest VARs to break from a proprietary-
| only strategy for the first time.


Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?

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| Indeed, I would go so far as to say that 
| very few open source startups will ever get 
| anywhere near to $1 billion. Not because 
| they are incompetent, or because open 
| source will âfailâ in any sense. But 
| because the economics of open source 
| software â and therefore the business 
| dynamics â are so different from those of 
| traditional software that it simply won't 
| be possible in most markets. Red Hat stands 
| a chance because it has (wisely) colonised 
| the biggest sector, that of enterprise 
| infrastructural products - âwe are 
| plumbersâ, as Whitehurst put it with brutal 
| frankness. 



7 (More) Free and Open Source Finance/Accounting Software for Linux

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| Since our collection of Free and Open
| Source finance/accounting software for
| Linux has been quite popular, I would like
| to add 7 more to that list. As I've said
| before, finance or accounting software will
| prove valuable for those who have small or
| medium-sized business as it will allow
| users to do important tasks like recording
| and processing accounting transactions
| within functional modules such as accounts
| receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and
| trial balance.

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