[Freegis-list] Hidden costs of Open Source software
isdale at hrl.com
Wed Jul 28 23:39:03 CEST 2004
Apparently the US Govt. Office of Mangement and Budget released a memo
on July 1 warning CIOs about hidden costs when acquiring Open Source
software (vs. commercial software which would never have hidden costs -
smirk). You can read the 1 pg memo at
The GeoReport's GeoOpinion had a survey last week asking whether people
were using open-source GIS software. (Georeport is a newsletter for
http://www.geoplace.com/ which is tied to the magazine GeoWorld).
Results of the pool show 38% said yes, and 62% no. This week they are
asking: If you currently use open-source GIS software, have you found
hidden costs to be a burden? If you don't use open-source GIS software,
do potential hidden costs pose a barrier?
You can answer the survey at
Free-Gis readers might also find the editorial "Open Source Software
creates a Community of Solutions" (David McIllhagga) of interest.
Disclaimer: My only association with any of above is subscribing to
Geoworld and GEOReport.
Opinions herein are not mine or my employers.
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