Calculating the True Price of Software (3 tags)
Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.
Sowing the Seeds of Open Source Advocacy (2 tags)
Advocacy is critical to the spread of open source and free software. Good advocacy can help spread freedom and software quality, while bad advocacy can reinforce unpleasant stereotypes. Good advocacy requires far more than just being right, though. Jono Bacon explores how to approach the message and the audience.
Open Source Content Management with Plone (2 tags)
Publishing web sites is easy for geeks. When you're tired of your users asking you to make tiny changes that they could easily handle themselves, it's time to consider a content management system (CMS). If you're a Python or Zope fan, you may have heard of Plone, a powerful and easy-to-use CMS. If not, let Brad Bollenbach convince you to give it a try.