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Why not go for Open Source then?

You want to upscale your IT but fear the cost? Do not fret. - Open Source will get you that bigger 'terminal' at a fraction of the cost!

12bfree.com's primary motto is 'Want to be free', hence the domain name. The choice of technology to build it was always obvious. If anything, it had to be Open Source.
Open Source technologies are usually safer than proprietary ones.
With the source code open, large communities of developers can find potential flaws, or make suggestions for improvement.
With closed source APPS on the other hand only a limited set of eyes is allowed to view the original source code, which makes it more susceptible to errors and prone to tunnel vision. What happens when the APP's main deveoper leaves the company? And finally, the marketing machinery behind closed source APPs is constantly pushing developers to work faster and release earlier. The resulting pressure doesn't add to quality, either.

Even large corporations are embracing the advantages of Open Source wherever they can. For instance, it guarantees there is no vendor lock-in. Most importantly though, it makes sure that software respects users' privacy and doesn't leak private data without the user noticing, which, by the way, is the most questionable driving force to bank on the closed source model. When nobody is allowed to examine your code, it's hard for others to prove that you are spying on them.
Many large enterprises have always nixed Skype for instance, because it's unclear what kind of telemetry and other data gets leaked to the company possessing it. (Skype was sold to Microsoft [MS] in 2011. MS is THE figurehead of closed source. )

Closed source software can't hold a candle to the Open Source movement.
Objectively speaking, the closed source model can't reach the built-in quality of the Open Source concept, nor can it beat its security. Traditional companies simply don't have the man-power to cover all important aspects, but an open, worldwide community can. After all, Open Source is crowd intelligence.

And we haven't even started talking about money.
The brazen pricing models of industry-leading monopolists make more and more people think of alternatives. And they find them in Open Source. There's hardly any area that isn't covered by Open Source providers, and mostly their products are offered free of charge.

Eventually, the size of the community around a piece of software will decide over its success. OpenSource has been steadily on the rise, also thanks to its worldwide communities providing free 1st class advice and support. What does that tell you about where we are headed?

The one thing you won't get around by using Open Source is the fact that it has a certain learning curve.
It's not like you 'doubleclick the installer and you're done with it'. That kind of convenience comes with a price of its own, since it's typical of the closed source philosophy in so many ways. So if you are the ultimately sluggish type who shys away from learning something new, Open Source is probably not for you. Still, you can always purchase the Open Source knowhow from an external source. Help is always just around the next corner because it's not like NIX experts are an endangered species. On the contrary, they are on the rise, just like the idea of Open Source. ;-)

Ray

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