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Does Free Software Cost Jobs?


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Credit: CK Science

Open Source companies' mantra to education is 'reduce overheads, reduce support, save money, do more for less.' Well the message got through . . . right alongside the recession. Trouble is this approach has not created a single long term job during this crusade.

There is no army of salaried opensourcerers doing 'more for less,' just a long line of layoffs from the old guard.

All the developments in education are web-based and mostly leveraging globally available free stuff, much of which indeed owes its existence to free, open source software. Virtually none of it represents a single British job.

From Computerworld UK
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