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Open Source Software Carries Hidden Costs

By Hank Hogan

December 16, 2016

Open source software can save bundles in licensing and development costs. Whether you’re using the open-source Linux operating system or a content management platform like WordPress or Drupal, open source software provides quality tools for little or no cost.

But that doesn’t mean it’s free.

“It’s free – like a puppy,” said Scott Gregory, deputy director of the Office of Digital Innovation for the State of California’s Department of Technology (CDT). “You’ve still got to give it shots. You’ve still got to care for it.”

For information technology departments, that means ensuring that systems updates and security patches are installed and that applications and plug-ins remain up-to-date. And when something goes wrong, it’s you, the IT manager, who’s responsible for getting it fixed.

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