OPEN SOURCE DATABASE
Database Design & Management
OPEN SOURCE COMPUTING SOLUTIONS
Linux, Open Source Solutions
OPEN SOURCE NETWORKING
WHAT IS OPEN SOURCE?
Bob Young, the former chairman of Red Hat, once remarked that
what Red Hat actually sells is control, the power of end users to
extend, modify, and service their own software, rather than depending
on the whims of a vendor. He repeated this idea in a recent interview
with ZDNet UK:
"...for the first time the customer was given
control over the technology that you're asking them to invest in....
The beauty of open source software is that when you run into a bug
you can get it fixed... It's like buying a car with a hood that you
can open, as opposed to the traditional model in the software industry
where the hood is locked shut... and if your vendor denies that it's
a bug, which is known to happen, you're completely stuck."
In many of its recent attacks, Microsoft has argued that open source
is bad for business, but you have to ask, "Whose business? Theirs,
or yours?" The answer to that question is very different if you're
an end user rather than a software vendor.