Business Value of Open Source

Interested in open source but not sure about its business value. Well you are not alone. Read [url=http://www.linuxworld.com/story/45707.htm?DE=1] this [/url] to make some sense.
[i]Users, software suppliers, and systems vendors all benefit from the business value (and economics) of open source with users likely to be the biggest beneficiaries. It provides them with choice: choice of hardware and choice of software. IT managers have long sought to reduce cost/complexity while increasing flexibility, and open source makes attainment of this goal less difficult. We believe that companies that do not embrace open source in some manner, and use it to their advantage, will have trouble retaining a competitive advantage over the long term.[/i]