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    chown linux:users\ /world Hartmann's Avatar
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    I have noticed a few posts that have talked about people's bosses who did not want to go with a certain DB, Server, or language because it was Open Source. What are your thoughts on this? Have any experiences with your boss? Did you win or did he/she?

    I have always gone with Open Source things, not because they're free but because I know the product. They are usually products that you can download, screw around with, maybe mess it up, but go back and get another copy. I like this and the fact that if I need a specific improvement it is right there, I can just open it up and start.

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    I like open source idea because when i have a problem i can send a mail to authors or hack the code and fix it. But it does not mean evey product as open source good and valuable.
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    Open Source is one of the best things that ever existed on this planet. It has so many benefits over commercial products:

    -The idea behind it is much more pleasant (non-profit)
    -Everyone skilled enough can work on it
    -It's really efficient: -bugs are detected very fast and immediately corrected
    -It's a product of everyone, not of a company, which adds to the group-spirit which hangs around Open Source projects.

    And Open Source gave us Linux, so why should we ever complain?
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    And on the con side:
    - no intellectual property rights
    - poor standards
    - no central control
    - poor commercial support
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    chown linux:users\ /world Hartmann's Avatar
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    So I am guessing you are against it? Or just worried about it?

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    I'm not sure what you mean by poor standards, I assume you are on about coding standards? If not then I will counter you with the fact that most OSS complies with the relevant rfcs (for internet software) and recommendations (Mozilla Web Browser).

    Commercial Support: This is changing now, look at MySQL - NuSphere is going to provide commercial support for it.

    No Central Control: CVS anybody?

    Intelectual Property: Well the IP belongs to the people came up with the idea unless they are using parts of other OSS code - which would mean the IP for that section of code belonged to the person who developed it (As long as they didn't make it public domain etc.).
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    I don't have any problems with open source, but there are pros and cons to it.

    I am just tired of hearing about it, I guess. I spent the last semester at college with the same instructer in two classes who couldn't go more then half an hour without blasting Microsoft or saying how woderful open soure and Linux are.

    IMHO, the increased use and distribution of Linux has been largely, in part, do to RedHat and SuSe. Again, a single entitiy taking control and providing a point of distribution for a single product and support.
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