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Bad economy good for open source?

businessWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Or at least the cost-effective do.

While the economy isn’t doing anyone any favors, it does seem to be stimulating interest in open source software. And that’s good for all of us.

The 451 Group recently posted:

The strength of open source during current adversity also illustrates that it has largely passed the test and is now viewed as ready for enterprises and business users of all sizes. These customers have found open source software quality adequate at the least and progressive and innovative in many cases. Now that organizations of all sizes are searching for other places to maximize efficiency and minimize expenses, they are confident that open source software is an effective tool.

We think it’s important for everyone to take an interest in what’s going on in open source—especially corporate IT. What do you think? Are the current economic conditions sparking an honest interest in open source? Or is it simply the enterprise grasping at straws?

This would be a great discussion to have at Open Source Bridge, wouldn’t it? (Hint, hint)

(Photo courtesy eyeliam. Used under Creative Commons)

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