Open-source software, increasingly popular with budget-conscious companies, is beginning to expand into a new area: The lucrative infrastructure-software market dominated by industry giants such as Microsoft.
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it has never been clear, other than in the sense of ‘if you buy ibm, no one will fire you’, why companies pay for software. i can see paying for specialty software, hiring someone to write it, or customize something. however, there are huge costs in the purchase of software that can be freely had…. this is nonsensical…..