In this article author Edward Cone profiles TrueLink CTO Scott Metzger, who explains why he thinks commercial software can greatly reduce the total cost of a project when compared to open source. The net of the article is that commercial products can increase productivity and therefore reduce the total cost of implement a project.

Commercial vendors such as BEA go even further to say the customers not only save on development, but there can be other large savings at runtime, such as the amount of hardware required, management costs and others.

So, is free too expensive?

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