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Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!

This material is a paper that provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, OSS/FS on the desktop, usage reports, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS.
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