Why Open Source Software Works for Business

Think back to the earlier computing days when Windows 95 was the Operating system of choice. When one wanted software for your computer you went to the web and downloaded ‘shareware’ software. This software allowed you to use the application for a limited number of days, then it would cease to work or become crippled in its functionality and have multiple pop up windows advising you to pay $20 to the developer to allow keep using the ‘full’ application.

The idea behind this sort of software distribution was to get you hooked into using the software, and then when you’re dependent on it, charge you a small fee to keep using it.

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