November marked the sixth anniversary of the publication of
Tim O'Reilly's top ten myths about open source software.
These words were written just after open source had started to go mainstream - although open source roots date back to at least a decade before this - and were delivered during a speech to a group of Fortune 500 executives.
Tim O'Reilly's list of open source myths is still valid six years later and prompted me to write up a list of ten myths about proprietary and commercial software (CPS):
1. Proprietary software = Commercial
2. If I am not satisfied with the software, I can get my money back
3. Competition drives down prices
4. CPS cannot cohabit with open source
5. CPS is reliable and supported
6. It is very difficult, time consuming and expensive to develop commercial software
7. CPS means platform stability and homogeneity
8. CPS means one license per computer
9. CPS offers much more features than Open source
10. Open source has cheaper TCO than proprietary software
Over the coming weeks I’ll take a look at each of these points in greater detail.