Quality versus price

Why Open-Source Software Vendors Should Charge More

“As Unix’s market share declines, Windows is gaining seats faster than Linux. One theory is that many enterprise decision makers perceive a higher price tag as an indicator of higher quality.

“I think open source is great for its own internal playground type of things, but if it’s running vital mission-critical applications — networks running on open source for example — then that is a huge, huge risk to the organization,” Peter Gyorgy, chief information officer of General Electric’s Consumer and Industrial division in Europe said at an IT summit recently. “We are not here to be an IT shop, we are here to be the partner of a business, and we shouldn’t put business’ operations into risk by running very low-cost solutions,” he is quoted as saying.”

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