The appeal of open source

in Information Age

Open source is climbing up the corporate priority list as confidence in the commercial viability of its development and support model has grown and associated cost savings have proven irresistible to cash-strapped organisations.

A Forrester Research report released at the Open World Forum in December confirmed that the primary motivation behind open source adoption is still its low upfront cost compared to proprietary software, with 56% of the European IT executives interviewed by the research firm describing that as its chief attraction. Of those companies already making extensive use of open source, 45% said it was part of their mission-critical applications and 70% said they would increase their use of open source technologies in the future. Indeed, they may not have the choice: Gartner predicts that by 2011, 80% of commercial software will contain at least some open source components.

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