$3 million extra in licensing costs that clearly no-one had budgeted for, and lock-in that means there’s no alternative but to pay up and then cut staff to make up the budget difference. Had they used open source software, CSIRO would be free to cut their subscriptions and handle the support and downtime risk internally while they rebalanced.
Looks like the pressure is on…
Finding the Apache community too stifling, the iBatis project has moved lock, stock, barrel and all committers to a new home. The power of open source is in the ability to fork when genuinely necessary.
- Freedom To Leave
I just added my 2006 essay on substitutibility and the freedom to leave to the selection on this web site.
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