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Open Source in General

"It's about doing our jobs effectively ... We want stable software that does what it says it will do."
— Employease CIO John Alberg, quoted by Malcolm Wheatley in "The Myths of Open Source", CIO Magazine, 2004-03-01.

"The main thing is to be in control of your own data."
— Sao Paulo University Professor Arnando Mandel, quoted by Mark Ashurst in "Brazil falls in love with Linux", BBC News, 2004-02-01.

"I know I saved $80,000 right away by going to open source, and each time something like (Windows) XP comes along, I save even more money because I don't have to buy new equipment to run the software."
— Small business CEO Sterling Ball, quoted by David Becker in "Rockin' on without Microsoft", CNET News.com, 2003-08-20

"We like to think of it as 'free as in market.'"
— Merrill Lynch executive Robert Lefkowitz, quoted by Stacy Cowley in "Panelists consider the 'business case' for open source", InfoWorld, 2002-10-01. (Context: "Free Software" as in free speech vs. free beer)

"This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software is a reasonable or even superior approach to using proprietary [software]. ... OSS/FS is often the most reliable software, and in many cases has the best performance. OSS/FS software often has far better security, perhaps due to the possibility of worldwide review. Total cost of ownership for OSS/FS is often far less than proprietary software. These effects can be shown quantitatively. [Other advantages include] freedom from control by a single source, and freedom from licensing management (with its accompanying risk of audit and litigation). ... OSS/FS options should be carefully considered any time software or computer hardware is needed. Organizations should ensure that their policies encourage, and not discourage, examining OSS/FS approaches when they need software."
— Computer security expert and author David A. Wheeler, "Why Open Source Software / Free Software? Look at the Numbers!", updated 2007-04-16.

Linux Operating System

"Cost - Resources - Performance - No bloatware - Security - Dual booting - Installation - Reinstalling - Keeping track of software - Updating software - More security - No need to defrag disks - A wealth of built-in utilities"
— Kim Brebach, "13 reasons why Linux should be on your desktop", DesktopLinux, 2007-10-16.

"... a new approach to the usual technology tradeoff between fast, reliable, and cheap. You usually have to pick one or two of those traits, but the effort now is to gain all three; Linux is an enabler in that effort."
— "Amazon moving to Linux for data warehousing", Application Development Trends, 2004-02-11, on presentation by Amazon VP Tom Killalea.

"In terms of security and man-hours to keep the network up and running, Linux is invaluable. ... Patches in the Linux world both work and leave the machine fully functional. That has not been my experience in the Windows world, where on many occasions I've had to back out a patch to regain functionality and on at least a few occasions cratered a machine by applying a patch. ... There is just not enough budget to use Windows. It cost an arm and a leg to equip a Windows machine with what is standard load on most major Linux distros. ... Converting to Linux has allowed our lab to go from saying, 'Sorry, we do not have funding to provide that' to saying, 'We can do that.'"
— NASA Administrator John Smith, quoted by Michael S. Mimoso in "Users: No second thoughts on Linux use", SearchOpenSource.com, 2004-03-25.

Linux vs. MS Windows

"If you use a Windows personal computer to access the Internet, your personal files, your privacy and your security are all in jeopardy. An international criminal class of virus writers, [crackers], digital vandals and sleazy businesspeople wakes up every day planning to attack your PC.
And the company that controls the Windows platform, Microsoft, has made this too easy to do by carelessly opening numerous security holes in the operating system and its Web browser. Even if you install the recent Service Pack 2 update to Windows XP, you will still be vulnerable."
— Walter S. Mossberg, "How to Protect Yourself From Vandals, Viruses If You Use Windows", The Wall Street Journal, 2004-09-16

"Who controls your computer? If it's a Windows computer, not you. ... FOSS enforces trust on a couple of levels. One, the community values of openness and sharing, and two, there is no place to hide. Everything is transparent."
— Carla Schroder, "Linux: Genuinely Trustworthy Computing", Enterprise Networking Planet, 2006-01-20.

"Who owns your data? Before answering this question, read your software's license agreement. ... Your software vendor can triple the price of your software and stop supporting your version, or even prevent you from using it. ... What choice do you have? ... [The] compelling reason to switch away from the Windows desktop [is] the importance of your data."
— Steve Litt, "The Windows to Linux Conversion", Troubleshooting Professional, 2001-04.

Case study: Successful transition to Linux and Open Source solutions by Ernie Ball, a small business that produces guitar strings, after abusive software licensing audit.
David Becker, "Rockin' on without Microsoft", CNET News.com, 2003-08-20

"Before you make the decision to upgrade to another version of Windows, be sure to compare it carefully to Linux. In many ways, the open source alternative is more secure, more affordable, and more reliable. ... Any organization running Windows ... would be wise to evaluate Linux before committing themselves to another round of Windows upgrades."
— Paul Rubens, "Why Switch From Windows to Linux", DevX, 2005-07-27.

Internet Web Browsers

"The Mozilla Firefox browser returns simplicity and ease of use to the Web browsing experience, while adding security and useful new features. With its streamlined interface, broad cross-platform support and top-of-the-line capabilities, the free, open-source Firefox (www.mozilla.org) is the best stand-alone Web browser option available today and is generations ahead of Microsoft's IE."
— Jim Rapoza, "Firefox 1.0 Lives Up to Hype", eWEEK, 2004-11-09.

"This article shows a side-by-side comparison of Acid2 results amongst the top [web browsers available for Windows]. Acid2 is a test meant to show support for standards and industry-standard browser features. ... I have now officially banned Internet Explorer on my own network and recommend that all others do the same (primarily due to security issues; lack of standards is secondary). ... Don't use Internet Explorer."
— Anthony Dotson, "Acid2 Tests - Review", Sandusky Computers, 2006-07-16.

Demonstration of rich visual effects in a completely standards-compliant web page, which Mozilla Firefox displays better than MS Internet Explorer:
Complexspiral Demo

"There were at least 98 days last year in which no software fixes from Microsoft were available to fix IE flaws that criminals were actively using to steal personal and financial data from users. ... Mozilla's Firefox browser -- experienced a single period lasting just nine days last year in which exploit code for a serious security hole was posted online before Mozilla shipped a patch to remedy the problem."
— Brian Krebs, "Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006", Washington Post, 2007-01-04.

"Browsing safely: I suggest dumping Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser, which has a history of security breaches. I recommend instead Mozilla Firefox, which is free at www.mozilla.org. It's not only more secure but also more modern and advanced, with tabbed browsing, which allows multiple pages to be open on one screen, and a better pop-up ad blocker than the belated one Microsoft recently added to IE."
— Walter S. Mossberg, "How to Protect Yourself From Vandals, Viruses If You Use Windows", The Wall Street Journal, 2004-09-16

Office Productivity Documents

"OpenOffice.org 2.0 is swift, smooth, and highly compatible with MS Office documents. Even better, it has plenty of features that you can't find in MS Office itself. ... it opens and saves files in MS Office format seamlessly, without special prompts or warnings ... Writer adds a PDF-export feature that Word doesn't offer. ... We found Calc's menus and dialogs easier to navigate than the corresponding dialogs in Excel. ... It does mostly everything that typical users need it to do, and does some things better than MS Office."
— "OpenOffice.org review from PC Magazine", 2005-09-06.

"OpenOffice does everything I need it to do - including saving files in Word format."
— Wade Roush, "Linux is Finally Offering Windows Users a Real Choice" (registration or ad view may be required), Technology Review, 2004-09, p50-56

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