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Relevance of Open Source during Financial Crisis - GlassFish, MySQL, OpenSolaris, VirtualBox, NetBeans, ...

Posted by arungupta on October 20, 2008 at 5:50 AM PDT

CIO published an href="">article
highlighting 5 cheap (or free) software that can be afforded during
financial crisis. Their recommendations are:

  • Open
    ($0) instead of Microsoft Office ($110 for basic
  • Mozilla
    ($0) instead of Microsoft Outlook (lots
    of security issues)
  • GnuCash
    ($0) instead of Quicken ($30 for starter edition)
  • Alfresco
    ($0) instead of Sharepoint ($5K for five licenses)
  • Linux
    instead of Windows (non-zero cost, always virus-prone ;)

All the recommendations are open source and can be downloaded and used
without any hidden clauses. In all cases the open source version is at
par and sometimes better than the commercial version. And of course
there is always the agility factor. You enounter a bug, somebody in the
community fixes it (on priority if you have support subscription),
patch available in the nightly and you are back in

Here are some more recommendations ...

  • GlassFish
    instead of Oracle Weblogic or IBM Websphere
  • MySQL
    instead of Oracle Enterprise or IBM DB2
  • OpenSolaris
    instead of Windows
  • NetBeans
    instead of IntelliJ
  • VirtualBox
    instead of VM Ware or any other virtualization software
  • and many more href="">here

All these options are completely open source with a full enterprise
support available from Sun

Now some actual price comparisons using href="">GlassFish
and MySQL Unlimited ...

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That's $3 million savings over a period of 3 years!!!

And if the number of sockets/cores go up, that's just additional money
you are wasting during this financial crisis. With href="">GlassFish
Enterprise Unlimited
starting at $25,000 - no counting cores, sockets, support incidents,
servers or auditing - you can deploy unlimited GlassFish instances for
the same price charged for one WebLogic Enterprise Edition. href="">GlassFish
for Business explains the value of buying subscription for
your deployments.

Here is another comparison for Total
Cost of Ownership for MySQL
compared with other databases:

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Can your apps scale more than Google, Facebook, Yahoo or Wikipedia ?
All these sites are powered by MySQL. Do they need to be more reliable
than telco vendors such as Vodafone ? Again powered by MySQL.

In an open source world, why have a "30-day" evaluation period ?

In the times of financial crisis, why spend extra money when there are
other better options available with HUGE savings ?

Open Source software is indeed a href="">great
way to cut costs. And Sun Microsystems offer a wide
varitey of open source offerings (GlassFish, MySQL, OpenSolaris,
VirutalBox, Linux, NetBeans and many others) that can help you during
financial crisis!

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Since the surfaced of mortgage crisis and the subsequent credit crunch, many promoted the robustness and dynamics of Asian intra trade could decouple Asian exporters from the slowdown, and therefore the growth in the region is mostly unscathed. The optimism is mainly based on the continuing high demand from China and the domestic economies. However, the rising production cost and the world's slowdown, as a result of the US slowdown, cast doubt on the optimisms. Barry Hertz


I understand you work as an evangelist for Sun, and I fully appreciate Sun's effort in the open-source movement.

But I think people would give much more credit for this blog (among others) if you were not that biased and recommended:

- GlassFish or JBoss instead of Oracle Weblogic or IBM Websphere
- MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Firebird instead of Oracle Enterprise or IBM DB2
- OpenSolaris or FreeBSD instead of Windows
- NetBeans or Eclipse instead of IntelliJ
- (not even going to suggest a change for this item, as VMWare is also available for free, and you are totally ignoring other OSS alternatives like XEN or Bochs).
Sure, you would need to refactor the conclusion "with a full enterprise support available from Sun Microsystems.", but an unbiased blog would make a much stronger point.

-- Felipe