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Do you feel Open Source software is better than proprietary software?

Survey period: 18 Aug 2014 to 25 Aug 2014

"It depends" is an obvious answer but think of your most common scenarios.

OptionVotes% 
Yes, it's more reliable23814.34
Yes, it's more secure16610.00
Yes, it's cheaper (in terms of total cost)60936.69
Yes, it's fixed / updated more often38523.19
Yes, because we can fix / update / mod it ourselves70442.41
Yes, because there's more innovation in open source code43226.02
No (add your reasons in the comments section)52131.39
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralNo to open source being better. Pin
BillMillerGTC22-Aug-14 8:34
professionalBillMillerGTC22-Aug-14 8:34 
GeneralNo. Pin
Jörgen Andersson22-Aug-14 0:38
professionalJörgen Andersson22-Aug-14 0:38 
GeneralRe: No. Pin
Kevin McFarlane23-Aug-14 5:59
Kevin McFarlane23-Aug-14 5:59 
GeneralOpen Source is good Pin
Amol M Vaidya20-Aug-14 16:13
professionalAmol M Vaidya20-Aug-14 16:13 
GeneralNo. Licensing issues. Pin
Valery Possoz20-Aug-14 10:04
professionalValery Possoz20-Aug-14 10:04 
AnswerRe: No. Licensing issues. Pin
Shivam Sharma22-Aug-14 1:11
Shivam Sharma22-Aug-14 1:11 
GeneralOften stated and yet mostly overlooked... Pin
Paul M Watt20-Aug-14 7:06
mentorPaul M Watt20-Aug-14 7:06 
Many of the reasons that Open-source is touted as superior are related to the number of eyes reviewing and fixing the code, adding features, adding quality.

Well, a project actually has to have 10's to 1000's of developers to get this law of averages to kick into effect and smooth out the overall quality of a project. This is not the case for the majority of open-source projects. If one project is touted as high-quality, it's used to try to justify another as high-quality. If one project has a major fail, such as the recent SSH security flaw, that's used to discredit every other project with a blanket statement.

Therefore, I believe one of the most important things to consider when choosing open-source software is how large is the community centered around the project?
GeneralRe: Often stated and yet mostly overlooked... Pin
KarstenK20-Aug-14 7:16
mveKarstenK20-Aug-14 7:16 
GeneralAll of the above Pin
Paul M Watt20-Aug-14 6:59
mentorPaul M Watt20-Aug-14 6:59 
GeneralI've learned to hate open source software PinPopular
jase.y.20-Aug-14 3:13
jase.y.20-Aug-14 3:13 
GeneralRe: I've learned to hate open source software Pin
Fabio Franco21-Aug-14 9:01
professionalFabio Franco21-Aug-14 9:01 
GeneralIt has advantages and disadvantages. Pin
UweOeder19-Aug-14 23:27
professionalUweOeder19-Aug-14 23:27 
GeneralRe: It has advantages and disadvantages. Pin
JASutherland25-Aug-14 3:19
JASutherland25-Aug-14 3:19 
GeneralSometimes open source software is a good thing and some it’s a bad thing! Pin
dennislx19-Aug-14 12:03
professionaldennislx19-Aug-14 12:03 
GeneralNO ... Pin
svella19-Aug-14 7:12
svella19-Aug-14 7:12 
GeneralRe: NO ... Pin
Fabio Franco19-Aug-14 10:18
professionalFabio Franco19-Aug-14 10:18 
GeneralIt depends Pin
Nelek19-Aug-14 6:52
protectorNelek19-Aug-14 6:52 
GeneralRe: It depends Pin
Paul M Watt20-Aug-14 6:52
mentorPaul M Watt20-Aug-14 6:52 
GeneralInitial Investment vs. total cost Pin
MT_19-Aug-14 5:55
professionalMT_19-Aug-14 5:55 
GeneralIs it actually less secure? Pin
Fabio Franco19-Aug-14 4:28
professionalFabio Franco19-Aug-14 4:28 
GeneralRe: Is it actually less secure? Pin
Eddy Vluggen19-Aug-14 8:23
professionalEddy Vluggen19-Aug-14 8:23 
GeneralRe: Is it actually less secure? Pin
Fabio Franco19-Aug-14 8:29
professionalFabio Franco19-Aug-14 8:29 
GeneralRe: Is it actually less secure? Pin
Eddy Vluggen19-Aug-14 9:59
professionalEddy Vluggen19-Aug-14 9:59 
GeneralRe: Is it actually less secure? Pin
Fabio Franco19-Aug-14 10:14
professionalFabio Franco19-Aug-14 10:14 
GeneralNO Pin
pasztorpisti19-Aug-14 3:46
pasztorpisti19-Aug-14 3:46 

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