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The "Value Proposition" of Open Source

As I spoke with a few attendees at OSCON, it occurred to me that no one has every really defined the intrinsic value of Open Source. Many people have lauded Open Source in general and listed its virtues, but what, precisely would make an open source piece of software necessarily better than a proprietary cousin or competitor. To put it in an ugly VC term that makes me cringe whenever I hear it, what is Open Source's "value proposition." Or to put it more bluntly, does it actually have one?

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Microsoft Says Intel, HP 'Actively' Working with Linux

"Partners such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel have been actively working with alternative Linux-based operating systems," Microsoft wrote, providing no additional detail.

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Report: Recession, Enterprise Acceptance Spur Open Source

According to a recent IDC study, the market for open-source software has been accelerated by both the slow economy and increased acceptance from enterprise customers.
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Beyond the Hype: Where Open Source Actually Saves You Money

Talk to any open-source vendor (myself included), and we'll tell you that there's a lot of money to be saved by dropping your proprietary software in favor of open-source alternatives.
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Red Hat: 'We Spend Over $100 Million a Year to Advance Linux'

Matthew Szulik, Red Hat's former CEO and current chairman, has been in semi-retirement for the past two years...
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