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