Brendan Scott on TCO
bernhard at intevation.de
Mon Jul 22 15:48:37 UTC 2002
Why Free Software's Long Run TCO must be lower
Brendan Scott 15 July 2002
Haven't fully read the paper yet, thus I don't know how good it is.
Still I've found paragraphs I liked already:
Source code sharing arrangements where the source code for
proprietary software is made available but not on a free software
basis, are dangerous for users because of the viral nature of
8. Strategic implications for purchasers.
(a) The short term costs of proprietary systems may be lower than
those of free software systems. However, free software systems hold
the advantage over the long term;
We note that these conclusions are independent of the fact
or amount of any license fees charged in relation to the proprietary
Note that this seems to be an argumentation focussing on the
monentary aspect of software. There is also an ethical aspect to
Free Software which is important to companies and people
on a higher strategic level.
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