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LinuxCon Roundtable - Beyond the Hype: The True Cost of Linux and Open Source

In a time of tight IT budgets, open source has attracted much attention due to its cost advantages. Detractors to the adoption of open source technology often preach on the 'hidden' costs of open source. While it is true that open source technology is rarely ever truly free, claims as to the hidden costs of open source are often lessons in hyperbole. Some claim that while the initial costs of open source are lower, the long-term costs are higher due to support, consulting maintenance and indirect prices paid in reduced functionality. This session will identify areas that enterprises can legitimately expect to shave IT costs with open source, and where they can't. Watch the roundtable video here in its entirety, and visit Linux Pro Magazine's streaming site to access more sessions from LinuxCon 2009.



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