Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Why and when open source products best Microsoft

Filed under
OSS

There are good reasons for using open source software (OSS), and I've learned those reasons through 15 years of experience with more traditional, commercial or closed source applications.

In part one of this two-part column, I'll cover problems I've had with proprietary software and my take on the total cost of ownership (TCO) debate. In part two, I'll talk about what I consider to be Microsoft's unethical practices and when not to use open source software.

In part two, I'll not only discuss what I consider to be Microsoft's unethical practices, but I'll offer advice on when not to use OSS. This short series describes my experiences with OSS and proprietary software.

PART 1.

PART 2.

More in Tux Machines

Cinnamon Developers Working to Improve Loading Times for the Desktop

The Linux Mint developers are also working on the Cinammon desktop environment, so the distribution is not their entire focus. They are now trying to make it load faster and they say they already had some success. Read more

Plasma 5 with KDE Telepathy 0.9

While every effort in KDE Telepathy went to the Qt5/KDE Frameworks 5 porting and KAccounts migration, there are still distros/users that have KDE Telepathy 0.9 (the kde4 one) running in Plasma 5 session. All the applications of KDE Telepathy work just fine, the only problem are the Plasma applets, those are totally incompatible. So for those cases I've created a small Plasma 5 applet which works with KDE Telepathy 0.9. It can bring your accounts online or offline or open the contact list and accounts settings, just as you're used to and the only dependency is TelepathyQt5. However because of changes in Plasma 5 stuff, it's not perfect. Read more

Debian Won't Replace Ubuntu as the Base for Linux Mint, Says Project Leader

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, but its makers are also working on a Debian-based one. The leader of the project has confirmed that they have no intention to replace one with the other unless the Debian edition becomes immensely popular. Read more