Open Source Apps Get the Job Done

McAllister, Neil; Rist, Oliver; Beck, Mike
August 2005
InfoWorld;8/8/2005, Vol. 27 Issue 32, p36
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the advantages offered by the open source application software in August 2005. The combination of free access to source code and a worldwide community of developers gives users the best of both worlds. They have the luxury of starting with a mature code base, to which they can add features as their business needs grow. A few years ago, however, open source options were limited. Other than Linux, the Apache Web server, a few database servers, and an assortment of developer tools, the open source community didn't have much to offer in terms of turnkey software. The foundations were there, but full-fledged applications were lacking. Individual developers and companies alike have flocked to the open source development model. Presently, there's a veritable cornucopia of free business software available--from customer relationship management to content management, portals to radio frequency identification--some of it remarkably sophisticated.


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