> And if you browse the ActiveState site some more, you'll see
> what they do for OSS. Who says that an OSS shop needs to run
> exclusively on OSS or has no right to sell software
> solutions? We at Digital Creations also use Windows NT and
> other commercial software, and our services also come with
> a price tag.

Well put. Couldn't agree more. Take the best tool for the job, based not
only on software quality and price, but also on development time,
available expertise and stuff that's already in place. In some cases
that means you can build a totally open solution based on OSS. In other
cases it means a closed solution based on Microsoft products for

In most cases however it's a mix of multiple hardware and software
platforms, in which OSS fits well because of the 'Open' part. I for one
will recommend OSS most of the time (because of price, performance,
managebility and stability), but there are a number of situations where
a 'closed' piece of software is a better fit.


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