If you have researched open source software, even just a little, you’ve likely
encountered two distinct worldviews: believers and skeptics. Believers celebrate open source as free, collaborative code. In this paradigm, open source software isn’t just a free licensing model; it is a movement for building better, more flexible software.
But, that’s just one side of the story. Open source skeptics raise compelling counterarguments for why open source software and the enterprise don’t mix.
So, where does this leave you, especially if you are tasked with deciding whether or
not to implement open source software in your organization? In this paper we’ll delve
deep into both arguments and provide practical tools to help you decide whether or
not open source software will be a good return on your company’s investment. We’ll
also present solutions for bridging the gap between “believers” and “skeptics” in your
organization, and for reducing risks that go hand-in-hand with running open source
software in the enterprise.