These past few years we’ve seen a number of software company going the free software route, in operating system, word processing and security software. But is the free software enough to take on the paid software?
Linux for free OS, Spybot, Ad-aware, Avast and Avira for anti-virus and anti-malware; and OpenOffice for the Word Processing. these are just some of the popular free software that you can download and install on your computer without paying a cent. While the free software works exactly like the paid ones, like receiving software updates, opening, editing and saving files, removing viruses, malwares and protecting your computer in the long run.
And if you are familiar with these free software you know that the free software does not include support (customer service and tech support) you just have you rely on the different suppoer sites and community sites that are being run by other users. But if you are technically knowledgeable, you should be able to take care of yourselves and even earn a few bucks in the process. If ever you need advance customer and technical support that where you need to pay, so in short you are paying for the support and not the software.
If you do the math and complete the equation between the free software and paid software. You’re just paying for the support on the free software which is just a fraction on how much you need to pay for the paid software which of sometimes includes limited support only. So now the question is that would you be willing to use the free software or you will be relying on the paid software? I’d like to hear from you, just type in your comments below.
Last modified: September 12, 2010