The Price of Open Source Software

Open source software is not free. Sometimes it’s not cheap at all. It even could be more expensive than some proprietary software with any high price.

I like Open Source. I use it. I contribute to some open source project even on my personal time. But you must know, that price for the open source software could be very high.

You always need to think about how many time do you spend during troubleshooting/deploying/fixing or improving some open source software. It could take a lot of time for it. Sometimes it’s better and cheaper than open source.

There are a lot of open sources software I use. I try to use them because I want to keep my money with me. I do contribute to some projects I like. I do donate too. But I’m ready to switch to any commercial software if it makes my life easier. I don’t want to support awful software just because it’s cheap.

I don’t want to advertise any software in this post, so I don’t put any names here. Just, please, remember: Open Source software is not free. It could be cheap, but usually, you pay a too high price for it.


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