Just a few of the myths about about open source are that it is a secret society, you have to be a coder to use it and it's not Windows-friendly.
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Watch Out for Orphans
Open-source software repositories such as sourceforge.net are brimming with promising-looking open-source projects-many of which are no longer actively developed. Check the mailing list archives and source commit logs
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