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My question is this. How can I use open source technologies such as these as a means of positioning my company? So many firms out there tout themselves as "Microsoft Certified" and milk that for all that it is worth. Is anyone out there taking the same approach with OS?
As well, how can I best leverage the use of open source apps available on Sourceforge and the like, while not violating any licenses?
Clearly I am not looking to rip off someone else's work, like the 'Miranda IM' [miranda-icq.sourceforge.net] issue. On the contrary, I am talking more about marketing my services to install and/or modifiy these applications and not "selling" the applications themselves.
For us its a couple of things: 1. its free 2. it works as well or better than commerical offerings 3. it gives us a huge amount of flexibility 4. most importantly the tech half of the operation works in these languages.
I work for an ASP/Oracle site and have seen us make some sacrifices because of the cost associated to beefing up our db (oracle charges per processor). I don't want my own site to have that constraint.
From my experience, clients don't know - and don't really want to know, per se. You're talking technology - not answers, and people hire answers, not technology.
I have mixed feelings about using open source for out-of-house projects and sometimes think it should only be used for in-house projects or when a client requests it. However, if you marketed yourself as an open source developer it could actually help you in the long run among your more educated clients.
Just my .02...
Second, you have a large repository of code available under GPL license that you can use.
Third, your clients can definitely save on tech support (companies using LAMP technologies outnumber those using .NET currently)
One thing is true though: most people don’t care about technology; they simply need a solution to their problem.
- 2/3 of the web servers run Apache, which is open source
- 40% of those Apache servers sport PHP
- Given those numbers, Apache with PHP is roughly the same installed base as Microsoft + ASP
- Unix is generally considered more secure
- Unix admins are considered more competent than NT admins
And I have some articles and stat snippets to back that up.
I stay within LAMP. If someone has legacy ASP or something, I refer them elsewhere.