Making Open Source Work for You!

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Due to the economic issues that most countries are having today, is it any wonder that open source is growing quickly? Another question that people commonly ask when they hear of open source is “How can I make it work for me?”.

Any products mentioned herein are property of their respective company or individual owners. With legality out of the way, the best way to learn new technologies and especially open source is to play with it. When you get stuck on something that you can’t figure out their are tons of forums and documentation online to help.

Anyone who wants to use open source can do so freely and easily and they will find that after a very short amount of time they will save money and not want to return to their previous state of subjugation. This is especially true for companies, whether they have 2 computers or thousands, the scalability, cost efficiency, and functionality is quickly noticeable. These companies are no longer locked into using software that doesn’t work for them. With open source the software works for you, you don’t work for the software. The bottom line is that this increases ROI and makes a better system where it is easier to get work done. 

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  1. Rick February 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Open source != Free. I have worked on open source software, and let me tell you i am not cheep. Just because you inherit a large code base does not mean it’s all rainbows and sunshine, things break custom code has to be written and most cases it has to be maintained.

    • Aaron Babitzke March 29, 2014 at 3:43 am

      You got that right. I was the “BSD/Linux guy” at the consulting company I was at before I decided to finish my degree. I was not cheap, and setting up properly secured servers and getting open source to work takes time…. Someone’s got to pay for the time. Granted most applications don’t need as much maintance as there proprietary counterparts.

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