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Open Source Software: The Value of 'Free'

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Executive Summary

Free can be hard to pass up, particularly for software developers under pressure to do more with less. Developers of all stripes, including those working on proprietary and other "Closed source" solutions, have discovered the wealth of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) circulating on the Internet. It's not just Linux and MySQL and the other famous examples; it's the incredible variety of utilities and programs published at no cost for the benefit of all comers. Why would anyone spend time and money to reinvent the proverbial wheel when the FOSS community has rolled it to the doorstep and invited one to take it?

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