All images are used under a Creative Commons license, and link to their respective owners. Linux Inside background came from www.ubuntuka.com. Technology Coordinator position covers all aspects of IT, plus Technical Services Librarian. For more information about me or my library, please go to www.gmpl.org. Additionally, you can read all about the technology I use at the library in my blog at http://jimmythegeek.livejournal.com.
Open Source Software is everywhere, and in lots of different devices – BR players, applications like LibreOffice/OpenOffice, GIMP, Firefox, Chrome, most all e-readers, navigation units, Stanley & LHC at CERN. Smartphones running Android. Google Yahoo Wikipedia all run Linux Roughly 92% of the WORLD'S Supercomputers run Linux & OSS
Hardware can get expensive quickly, especially in a niche industry. $15,000,000 machine replacement vs. keeping 25-year-old tech running! Linux and other open source software often runs very well on old 486 PCs. Security by obscurity is not a valid argument since most viruses now target application flaws. Lots of European & Asian governments have switched to open source, as well as NASA, the EPA and HUD http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/60780
I can only speak to Integrated Library Systems Software (ILS) as that's what I do daily. I would suspect that the pricing models are similar across many industries.
For the first time in over 25 years, Microsoft Windows' market share is expected to drop under 90% http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375777,00.asp Many proprietary vendors are adopting open source techniques and/or open sourcing their products
91% of the WORLD'S supercomputers run on Linux http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/News/Of-the-500-Fastest-Supercomputers-455-Run-on-Linux Sesame Street, with a budget 1/3 that of Nickelodeon or Disney, has been around since the 1970s and uses Linux & open source software http://www.techcast.com/events/linuxcon/nbroadwater/ Many devices are running Linux, this list not at all exhaustive nor inclusive!
Why Open Source Software Matters
<ul>Open Source Software </ul><ul>What's the Point? Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator Goodnight Memorial Library Franklin, KY </ul>