Security, Privacy, and Sustainability Costs for “Free” Software

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Traditional total cost of ownership analysis does not consider the unique costs and benefits of free software and services, particularly if delivered through the Internet.

“Understanding the costs as well as benefits of ‘free’ software will avoid creating the expectation that there is such a thing as a ‘free lunch’ in IT - a benchmark that no IT Business model can meet.”

As per the report both Free as well as Paid software end up with the same cost of maintenance. In fact in come cases you might be saving on acquisition cost but might be compromising on security.

You can read the full report of ACT about the cost of Free Software here.

I am not sure if this report was funded by Microsoft or not and I am not against Open source software :)


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