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The Economy and Open Source

Filed under: General Linux — at 11:53 am on Monday, October 6, 2008

The word on the street, at least all over the news is that we could be heading into bad times. All over the news sites are articles on how Open Source will or could save you money. For individuals that know about GNU/Linux, it is not a question that if you are building a new PC and you run Linux, you are going to save $100 from not having to buy an operating system. Often there are comparable applications that may be used as alternatives and a little more money could be saved. Many argue that time is money, you get your licenses when you buy a new PC, etc. I don’t know the exact answer, it’s hard to say for each individual case but I have not spent any money on software in a long time.

I don’t know if Open Source will gain more momentum because of the economy and I don’t think that any one knows for sure. All that can be done is speculate and correlate data.

Here are some Links to other articles on this topic for those that are interested:
Open Source To The Rescue In Hard Times

Linux and FOSS in a Slowing Economy


Comment by gregeth

October 6, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

While I think we will certainly an increase in FOSS/linux software over the following years, it may still not be as much as it could be. When it comes to personal computers many see a choice not between free and $100, but instead pirating package X instead of using the free alternative. I’ve seen this quite a bit where people will complain about the prices of the software they use, but then instead of trying something else, just get a copy from someone or find a cracked version.

Comment by Owen

October 10, 2008 @ 8:49 am


I agree with you about people pirating software. Even in the Apple world people copy software all the time. The problem with this is that as more people move to Apple, you can be sure that they will attempt to fix this. Take a look at the iPhone app store, if they set up a service like that for their operating system allowing companies to publish/distribute their software that way it could force more people to use the open source alternatives.

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