Ron Lazarus, chief operating officer at Just Sports USA in Woodland Hills, Calif., found this to be true when he took his developer's advice and opted to use open source tools to build his company's transactional database management system.
It turned out to be pretty smart business.Not only did Just Sports USA
save itself a pile of cash by using a database powered by PostgreSQL and Apache Web servers running on a Linux operating system, but the final open source product is highly customized, with functionality not available with proprietary software.
At first, the idea of using PostgreSQL, a rapidly evolving open source database application, puzzled Just Sports USA
.The "give away the recipe" ethic of the open-source community often strikes business people as counter- intuitive.The actual process of writing and improving open source software varies from project to project.