July 1, 2008
The Invisible Closed Source Overhead - 2
Because of the Tragic Closure of closed source software, a purchaser is typically required to make a decision to buy one of a range of products, each with overlapping feature sets and other characteristics (rather than, for example, buying one at random and supplementing the software with third party or custom built components to cover any feature gap involved). In such an acquisition therefore, a wrong decision can end up being very expensive. As a result the decision process becomes invested with much more weight than it really ought to.