I can remember when mentioning open-source software in a business context was unthinkable. Fortunately, times have changed. Indeed, open source is now often considered first but that dramatic progress has not entirely removed a number of misconceptions from users' minds. So I thought it might be helpful to list a few of the things people still get completely wrong about open source.
1. It's just for Linux
Most users trip up over this point. When open source comes up in a conversation, talk inevitably — and almost always initially — turns to Linux. The public always seems to assume open-source applications are only for Linux. In fact there are plenty of open-source projects that are either cross platform or Windows only. The Open Source Windows site lists a variety of software for Microsoft's operating systems. But the site doesn't include the listing of major forces, such as Apache, MySQL and Drupal.
This story originally appeared as 10 things you should know about open source before you use it on TechRepublic.
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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for Techrepublic and Linux.com. As an avid promoter/user of the Linux OS, Jack tries to convert as many users to open source as possible. His current favorite flavor of Linux is Bodhi Linux (a melding of Ubuntu and Enlightenment). When Jack isn't writing about Linux he is hard at work on his other writing career -- writing about zombies, various killers, super heroes, and just about everything else he can manipulate between the folds of reality. You can find Jack's books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Outnumbered in his house one male to two females and three humans to six felines, Jack maintains his sanity by riding his mountain bike and working on his next books. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website Get Jack'd.
I liked em. No, they were not pictures strictly of anything in the article, but this article is more about a concept than a physical thing. It merely borrowed the format of articles that are about physical objects. As such, they were 'mere' decoration, but if you remove all unnecessary decoration, you tend to make ugly, uninteresting things.
Yes even though my connection is fast enough so I didn't really feel delayed by them they were a complete waste of time
These photos add nothing and the pages loaded slowly. They turned an article I could have read in 40 seconds into a loading marathon of several minutes. I like the use of photos when they are warranted, but these photos were nonsensical.
Toward the end of the article is a link beginning with "This story originally appeared..." that takes you here: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-you-should-know-about-open-source-before-you-use-it/2499