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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.

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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