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Why Nepal should go open source?

Most open source softwares can be downloaded from Internet. Most of them come with source code and relaxed license. For developers it is source code, for system admin it is stable and secure. For commoners it is free to download and use. Most of the open source softwares do not provide good features, many of them are difficult to use, and poor in GUI. And surely most of staffs would like to see full featured GUI in their workstations. But for Nepalese entrepreneurs open source could mean saving …

…some money. How? First lets see how licensed software like Microsoft’s product works. You buy Windows workstation thats first license, then you buy Windows servers that second license. Now you are ready to roll right. Wait. You can not connect workstations to your servers. You need to pay an extra money for CAL. More you set up Windows server, more you end up paying Bill Gates. Good for him. CAL is not a software so don’t pay for it. How? Replace all your Windows servers with open source servers. This is where entrepreneurs can save money. Yes there are few skilled IT professionals out there who can design and maintain the open source software. But once businessmen come forward, the skilled professionals starts rolling. Go for open source.

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  34. The intended readers were small and medium business houses, entrepreneurs, not like those ‘pity user’. The point is to replace your Windows Server with Open Source server(and workstation as well if they like to do so). Yes, if any person wants to use the Open Source software to save some money or for what ever reason, they are more than welcome to do so.

  35. Yes Open Source is the Motto as Geeta and Geeta Fan said. Open Source does not mean totaLLY FREE, oldmaven

  36. These are just wishful thinking. Reality goes something in the line of.
    Why Nepal should NOT go open source?
    Most cracked softwares can be downloaded from Internet. Most of us don’t care about licences and source code. 99% of all the people who use a computer aren’t developers or sysadmins. For commoners pirated softwares is free/cheap to download/buy and use. Most of the open source softwares do not provide good features, many of them are difficult to use, and poor in GUI and pirated softwares are superior. And surely most of staffs would like to see full featured GUI in their workstations and that is what computers are for isn’t it??. But for Nepalese entrepreneurs open source could mean more pain in the ass when the genunie(still nobody will use it) windows xp operating system costs 3$ in Nepal.

    No hard feelings dude :>

  37. “What a load of crap!!..from a cheapo!! ….. Softwares should never be Open Source as it beats the purpose ”

    What a bold statement, that is!

    Documentation, on the other hand, is an attribute for software and the software shop in general. Not ONLY for Closed-Source Softwares or Shops.

  38. What a load of crap!!..from a cheapo!! you want everything to be Open Source and probably Free.. you FOSS maniac.. Softwares should never be Open Source as it beats the purpose.. because they will never be documented in a specialized manner and most of the people who customize don’t follow coding standards.

    Firstly, it is not possible to understand design pattern and architectural style from codes. Codes are implementation of Design. So when the Design Documents are not understood, its better to leave the development to the big boys..

    Secondly, the only mechanism for hackers to uncover vulnerabilities is to perform black box testing.. if they had the code, think what kind of viruses they would be able to create?? There was a project some time back to create open source anti-virus program.. Some beta testers were able to create test viruses which the anti-virus was never able to detect.. because they knew the working of the AV.. think about it again!!!!

  39. Geeta/OldMaven, as Dutiful Geeta tells no fruits, he has neither windows, nor linux , he has super platform nobody has fathomed but built from his own open source in open hardware.Open Source is for geeks like OLD Maven and pawan who can tweak and turn inside out.

  40. The question is not , if he’s using windows or linux! It should be , is he using “genuine” windows or *nix variants ? 😉

    Open Source, as the author quotes, is exactly your friend, if you dont have money to invest for softwares, but only to invest for technically skilled manpower. Doesnt mean, you should go for free always. If there is a software, a type of which open-source software needs tweaking and eventually more labour per hour, why dont you simply buy the software (former one)?

    But then, the start for a business: yes, go for open-source. Cut investments, get returns, increase requirements, find softwares that suit your growth.

  41. Way to go Pawan. It should from IT savvy Nepalese like you. Are you using Windows or Linux? I am just curious.

    Geeta – the Geeta Lover!

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