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Open source's unlikely enemy: Your procurement rules

InfoWorld - Simon Phipps - In a public discussion last week, I heard one of the speakers -- a spokesman for a large proprietary software company -- alleging that "the lack of any indemnity in open source makes it more risky." Naive as I am, I had assumed that moldy anti-open-source argument had gone out of favor long ago. Apparently not.

But it did remind me that the indemnity issue is one of those red herrings that your procurement policies may be perpetuating. If you want to get more open source software into your enterprise and benefit from the greater flexibility of software deployment and control over your own destiny, you have to update your procurement rules to allow it.