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Expanding Choice by Peter Clegg, Emmett Dulaney, Jason Williams

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Chapter 2. The Open Source Solution

This chapter focuses on the advantages of going with an open source solution. It looks at application availability, software costs, license management, and other issues that must factor into a decision of whether to adopt open source in your environment.

Open Source Advantages

Before you commit to the adoption of open source, Critical Thinking 101 mandates that you ask the question, “Why?” This section attempts to answer that question from a variety of perspectives. Open source has impact not just for developers and in-house IT managers, but also potentially for every person throughout the value chain of an organization from management to knowledge workers to suppliers, customers, and partners.

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