Monday, June 11, 2007

Open Source Alternative: commercial vs opensource software

Providing easy access to high quality open source alternatives to well-known commercial products, Open Source Alternative allows you to browse through the software categories and compare pros and cons of both commercial products as well as open source software. Each category contains a list of opensource software references. On the side one can see the most popular commercial and opensource tools in this category. For example, the boxes below shows most popular for Internet & Networking.

MSN Messenger
Citrix Presentation Server
OpenView Network Node Manager

Open Source

The site also offer a very nice explanation for the reasons to use opensource software:

"Besides the fact that open source is always available for free, it is a transparent application, in that you are invited exclusively behind the scenes to view all source code and thereby to suggest improvements to the product. Furthermore, every product is covered by a large dedicated network, or community, who is more than willing to answer any questions, you may have."

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