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Sep162011

Seven Myths of Open Source

At the moment at Osmosoft we're running an open source awareness campaign. Whilst its focus is to an internal audience the messages are just as applicable outside. As a part of the campaign we're creating a bunch of posters that will be placed around various BT buildings.

One of the posters that I've put together highlights some of the main misconceptions around open source. Clearly this doesn't pick up on everything (and it's certainly no uber doodle), but hopefully it will provide some thought and discussion.

The Seven Myths of Open Source
The Seven Myths of Open Source

The photo is published under Creative Commons so please feel free to use, share and better the poster!

Reader Comments (4)

Lovely poster, you raise some great points. I was wondering which font you used or whether you created the font your self?

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiobhan Black

Well, these are myths anyway but I would probably with the it's-hobbyist-and-geeks because it's looks pretty complicated to work on and it'll probably take some time to learn it.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Custom Posters

This is stupid and there for so must you be. None of these statements are true, lots of poeple have made money from open source just look at Google. And there is so much more than just microsoft vs linux.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrant Daley

Siobhan, Halley, Grant – thanks for the comments.

A couple of people have asked about the "The Seven Myths..." font, it was something that I did in Photoshop and is fairly straightforward to do. I'll put together a blog post with some details in the next few days.

Halley – sure, some open source projects are complicated and take time to learn but that would also be true of other non-open source projects as well. When you consider projects such as Firefox or Ubuntu then arguably these become easier to use than preparatory counterparts due to the sheer number of people using them and contributing their evolution?

Grant – I think you may have missed the point of the poster. The intention was to highlight common myths surrounding open source, hence the title "The Seven Myths Of Open Source"

September 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterMatt Lucht

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