An Invitation to Edit

It was a boring Sunday afternoon and, after my bike ride, I sat down to check out the NASCAR race.  I was actually curious as to whether Goodyear was going to upset Tony Stewart with another strange tire incident.

I’d been meaning to sit down and so something like this for a while.

In the traditional software world, we run to the local software shop and plunk down some money for a package.

Then, the world of Open Source dangles the promise of everything in front of you.  Like wandering through a free buffet, software is download and tested and the best of the best remains on the hard drive until hard drive space is needed.

Today, there’s a third alternative.  Excellent programmers are making top rate software packages free on the web.  With the promise of capability with desktop cousins and only the need of a good browser and internet access, this is the new enticement.

It may also be the new reality.

Why buy or download when the resource is online?

I created this table as a starting point to compare the three alternatives.

http://dougpete.pbwiki.com/Software%20Comparisons

Consider this an invitation to visit the Wiki and add to the table.

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