Even FOSS isn’t Free

There’s no such thing as a free lunch“, so the saying goes. The same applies with FOSS. Granted, FOSS is free, libre, gratis. But everything has a price, and that includes your time. For newbies, FOSS is indeed free. But those coming from Windows and Mac, there is a learning curve which costs time. As they say, “time is gold”. And I didn’t even mention your apps that may or may not have its counterpart in FOSS.

FOSS may require training and time for familiarization. If you use time as a yardstick, FOSS has a price in the short-term. But once you smoothed the edges and sort out the issues relative to an individual or business, FOSS pays off in the long run. But then, FOSS is more than free. As Richard Stallman says, FOSS is free as in speech, not as in beer.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s