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How to Decide Whether Free Linux Is a Viable Option to Paid Linux

Published: 14 April 2017

ID: G00327491

Analyst(s): George J. Weiss


I&O leaders should challenge the need for paid Linux subscriptions everywhere. Modern and agile IT landscapes, including cloud, can reduce subscription costs by as much as 50% in a two- to three-year period using unpaid Linux versions — some originating from the same sources as paid distributions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Perform Annual Assessments of Where and How Freely Downloadable Open-Source Code Can Be Deployed Without Compromising Infrastructure Reliability and Security
  • Segment the Installed Base Into Tiers by Criticality
  • Perform a Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Create a Paid Versus Unpaid Decision Tree Based on Our Proposed Set of Equations Assessing Relative Risk by Variable
  • Conclusions
    • Paid Linux
    • Free Linux

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