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Security and quality top companies' reasons for using open source

Katherine Noyes | April 8, 2014
Why should you use open source software? The fact that it's usually free can be an attractive selling point, but that's not the reason most companies choose to use it. Instead, security and quality are the most commonly cited reasons, according to new research.

As the end of Windows XP approaches, meanwhile, small business should "think about the advantage you have" over larger enterprises, Shipley concluded, and consider trying an option like Ubuntu or another Linux instead.

"The risk is a lot less," he concluded. "You can stand on the shoulders of giants rather than having to reinvent the wheel yourself."


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