June 17, 2002

Why Free Source long run TCO must be lower

"This paper argues that the long run total cost of operations (TCO) for a suite of proprietary software must necessarily be greater than that for an
equivalent suite of free source software. The total cost of operation of a free source suite of software is the price determined by a competitive market for
a bundle of goods and services associated with that suite. Because the source code is open and not subject to limitations on development or distribution,
the market for services relating to that code will be perfectly competitive." Read the rest at Brendan Scott's website.


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