Advantages of open source software for business

Considering that the use of open source software in the business world is on a steady increase, there must be a good number of reasons why business enterprises choose open source solutions for their software needs. Proprietary programs can be expensive to acquire and maintain, so one clear advantage of open source software is its lower cost. Open source software is almost always less expensive to acquire and, just as important, to maintain. So what are other benefits of using open source software in business?

A recent article by Carlos Melendez of InfoWorld lists other open source software advantages, including reliability, security, freedom of choice, continuity, and flexibility. It’s an interesting article which can be found here