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The myths of open source

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Once seen as flaky, cheap and the work of amateur developers, open source has emerged blinking into the daylight. So who's using open source? Why are they using it? And are the benefits worth the risks? The answers are surprising -- and dispel some of the myths surrounding open source.

Once seen as flaky, cheap and the work of amateur developers, open source has emerged blinking into the daylight.

Myth 1: The attraction is the price tag

Myth 2: The savings aren't real

Myth 3: There's no support

Myth 4: It's a legal minefield

Myth 5: Open source isn't for mission-critical applications

Myth 6: Open source isn't ready for the desktop


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