Fear, uncertainty, and doubt are major factors when a company first considers using open source software. Programmers tend to love open source software. They say it’s stable, cheap, and available online. They may already be contributors to the open source movement. It saves them time. It is much less expensive than other alternatives. Yet CIO’s and business executives hear other stories that give them pause about using open source software. They hear that some companies are very publicly opposed to it. They hear of lawsuits and threatened lawsuits. Frequently, attorneys within companies are opposed to the use of open source software for reasons that are heartfelt and seemingly logical.
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