The tech world is dominated with news of smartphones, tablets, and apps, but the elephant in the room goes largely unnoticed. While Microsoft seems to be the company everyone loves to hate, most people still use Windows. In fact, Windows still has a whopping 86% market share among operating systems. The next closest “competitor”: Apple, with 7.25% of the market (10% if you count iOS).
1. Do we have the time? Free software usually requires a much larger time commitment, for one big reason: There’s no support. If any problems arise, you’ll have to fix them all by yourself. This can eat up a lot of time over the years.
A wise man once said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” When it comes to software, some might argue with that statement. After all, we have more free software options today than ever before.
But is it really free?
Yes and no. From a purely monetary standpoint, yes, some software is really free. But generally speaking, with free and open source software, what you save in money, you pay in other areas. Here are a couple of the most common ways we pay for free and open source software:
The web is changing perceptions about what should be free. Companies are giving away software for seemingly nothing. Some of it actually looks like good, quality software. But…is it really free? What does “free” actually cost? Answer: A lot more than you might think. Let me explain.