July 22, 2004

Hidden costs of open source

The open-source movement is quickly gaining ground and replacing proprietary technology - if you believe the hype. As with anything that excites the market, vendors are not slow to jump on the bandwagon, although their commitment is sometimes less than total and their offerings often owe more to PowerPoint than time spent on R&D.

The reality of some open-source offerings falls short of expectations, and it is time for a sanity check. The people promoting open source are keen to talk about cost. So let's look at cost as it relates to one piece of technology heavily promoted by the open-source movement, MySQL.

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