The Key Advantage of Open Source

May, 2005


An informal survey of visitors to the Computer Economics website indicates that, in using open source software, “reduced dependence on software vendors” is more important to buyers than low cost. An earlier version of this report first appeared as a free Research Byte on our website. Shortly after publication, the Research Byte was linked by Slashdot, and Computer Economics was deluged by over 50,000 hits in one day. This report includes material originally presented in the earlier Research Byte, along with additional insights gained from the resulting feedback.