Calculating the True Price of Software (21 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.
How Does Open Source Software Stack Up on the Mac? (8 tags)
Apple does a great job of providing elegant software for its platform. But there are plenty of good offerings beyond the fruits of Cupertino. In this amazing survey of proprietary and open source software, Matthew Russell attempts to organize what's available on both fronts and even dares to assign grades. Has he missed anything?
Sowing the Seeds of Open Source Advocacy (4 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.
An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Tools (3 tags)
Geospatial professionals have been the main users and developers of geospatial applications, but the landscape has changed over the past few years as the development of open source geospatial software has matured. Tyler Mitchell introduces some of the most useful of these applications in this article. Tyler will discuss the current state of affairs in the open source geo world at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference, June 29-30 in San Francisco.
Open Source and Web 2.0 (3 tags)
Daniel Steinberg reports on the "Open Source and Web 2.0" session held at the Web 2.0 conference. Mitchell Baker and Jonathan Schwartz joined Tim O'Reilly in a panel discussion that looked at open source, Web 2.0, and issues specific to Mozilla and Sun. Check out the Web 2.0 Conference Coverage page for reports, photos, blogs, and podcasts from the show.