Nothing to see here. Just move along please ... MOVE ALONG.
I saw this a month ago, but someone on my team (biggest scariest smartest Viking you ever saw) forward it around again yesterday.
If anyone pours FUD on your Open Source parade, bang them on the head with this.
Um k, a couple excerpts for those afraid of clicking:
Open source is so pervasive that IDC declares in this study that open-source software represents the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s. IDC analysts also believe that open source will eventually play a role in the life-cycle of every major software category, and will fundamentally change the value proposition of packaged software for customers.
Wait, it isn't just build vs. buy? Yep-um-no.
As business requirements shift from acquiring new customers to sustaining existing ones, the competitive landscape will move towards costs savings and serving up sustaining innovations to savvy customers, along with providing mainstream software to new market segments that are willing to pay only a fraction of conventional software license fees," Picardi added. "Open source software is ultimately a resource for sustaining innovators.