Case Study of San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
Strengths & Weaknesses
Decision Making Process
Q & A
What is Open Source Software (OSS)? Definition : Open Source is a term used to describe software freely distributed with full source code included. Open Source software must comply with the 9 guidelines laid out by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).
The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an aggregate software distribution containing programs from several different sources. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.
The program must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form.
Less restrictive licensing has allowed anyone with a computer to access powerful computing and networking tools. Anyone with the desire and aptitude can gain hands-on experience with technology such as databases, clustering, TCP/IP packet manipulation, and application development.
Reconciling all of these elements to identify either operating system as the one that offers lower TCO for all situations is impossible. Linux offers a lower TCO in some situations -- a lot lower, according to Aberdeen Group analyst Bill Claybrook. Yet, in other scenarios, Microsoft is a more cost-effective option, he noted.
The final answer "depends on what you want to do with it," Claybrook told NewsFactor.