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Chapter 2. The Open Source Solution > Open Source Advantages

Open Source Advantages

Before you commit to the adoption of open source, Critical Thinking 101 mandates that you ask the question, “Why?” This section attempts to answer that question from a variety of perspectives. Open source has impact not just for developers and in-house IT managers, but also potentially for every person throughout the value chain of an organization from management to knowledge workers to suppliers, customers, and partners.

By and large, the effects of open source are advantageous with benefits ranging from lower costs to simplified management to superior software. These advantages include the following:


  

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