Monday, May 9, 2011

Common misconceptions about FOSS applications

Misconception: FOSS applications cost nothing.

Reality: Vendors do sell open source applications. While these systems may ultimately present cost savings, much depends on maintenance, implementation, and other cost factors.
Misconception: FOSS applications are too risky for mission critical uses.

Reality:
Open source software is relied upon for mission-critical servers, enterprise applications, and embedded devices.
Misconception: FOSS isn't ready for the enterprise.

Reality: In fact, there is a growing segment of enterprise applications that are free and open source software. Some mature applications are visible in TEC's evaluation centers.
Misconception: There's nobody to call when you have a problem.

Reality:
Most companies providing FOSS applications model their businesses around providing support, implementation, and customization services.