Support better for open source, says Comparex
Corporate South Africa could save millions of rands by using open source software (OSS), says Dave Gilbert of Comparex Africa. Gilbert also says that the perception that OSS is not scaleable enough or adequately supported locally are equally untrue.
\”Because many heads globally are brought to bear on glitches in OSS there are more frequent releases of open source software than proprietary software, which is usually released only once or twice a year.
\”As a result of more people having access to the OS source code globally and working with it regularly, any bugs are often fixed faster than with proprietary software.\”
Gilbert says there is a noticeable trend in South African industry toward open source software such as Linux because it is seen as robust and scaleable.
Open source software is underwritten by both the SA government and large IT players like IBM and \”old arguments that Linux cannot scale don\’t fly any more as it will soon be scaleable to 16 processors and beyond, further exploding old myths about OSS.\”