Using “open source” or free software (most times Linux) is something that will be frequently brought up as open source software gets more attention.
Advocates of open source would say to use it because it is free. Others would say to use it because it is more secure than other software – like that from Microsoft. The part about being more secure is simply wrong.
There are many benefits to open source, but there are many reasons to not use open source such as much less business support for common business applications and less technical and installation support than a Windows infrastructure overall.
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With so much code and so many programmers involved, corporations find themselves having to ask: Why do these products exist and are they ready for our use?
The answer to the second question is yes. Surveys conducted in November of 2003 and 2004 by the market research company BZ Research show that the open source JBoss Enterprisemiddleware Latest News about middleware system, for example, is the most widely deployed Java Latest News about Java application server Latest News about Application Servers in production environments.