[Linux-aus] ABC restricts open source option

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Fri Apr 16 09:37:01 UTC 2004

On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:23:11PM +1000, Nathan Bailey wrote:
> Michael Still <mikal at stillhq.com> wrote:
> >How can free _not_ be cost effective?
> Cost of development is typically 10-20% of the cost of maintenance.
> Open source's price is not its most compelling point, it's the lack of
> lock-in that is compelling.

correct. And the risk reduction you gain by having perpetual access (and 
rights to) the source code.

> Good standards compliance that ensures low integration costs and the
> choice of multiple vendors (if your current vendor folds, you can find
> another one, or more typically, if your current vendor tries monopoly
> pricing or poor support/service, you can find another one).
> No serious IT manager makes a procurement decision based solely on
> purchase price.  Maintenance costs and vendor viability[1] are very
> important characteristics too, as well as a range of other factors
> (implementation/integration costs, interoperability costs with
> suppliers, partners, vendors, etc.).

also correct.

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