CIO Magazine writes:
It’s now clear that within five years, open source will transform how software is developed, sold and supported.
When CIOs need help with their systems and software, they don’t have to depend on vendors with their own agendas because when an open-source app doesn’t work, administrators can look at the source code, figure out why and write a fix themselves. If they’re having trouble, help is just a newsgroup away.
Open source is helping turn significant chunks of the IT infrastructure into commodities by offering alternatives to proprietary software.
Free is good. CIOs who don’t come to terms with this revolution in 2003 will be paying too much for IT in 2004.