Evaluating Software: Proprietary Versus Open Source

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2003-11-24 Print this article Print

Can you save money using proprietary software instead of an open-source development language?

TrueLink CTO Scott Metzger created a calculator similar to the downloadable interactive tool on this page to assess whether it would be more valuable to use proprietary software to develop new applications rather than an open-source development language such as Java. The key concern: The lines of new code his staff would have to create in each case. Metzger determined that the proprietary software would significantly reduce the amount of code his staff would have to write and support. The proprietary approach, he found, would pay for itself in nine months.

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Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.

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