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78 Open Source Replacements For Expensive Applications
Datamation, August 30th, 2017
September 10, 2017,
Volume 235, Issue 1

"Back when Datamation first started making lists of open source software that could replace expensive proprietary applications, most commercial software came in a box and required a flat fee for purchase," writes Cynthia Harvey in Datamation. "These days, with the advent of cloud computing and software as a service, most applications require a regular monthly or yearly subscription.

Those subscriptions make it seem like software has become more affordable. After all, $10 or $20 a month doesn't seem like a lot. But when you add up those repeating fees, users often pay more under the new subscription plans than they did under the old flat-fee arrangements. If you use a lot of different applications, those fees can quickly add up. And it can be particularly hard to justify the expense for a piece of software that you only use once in a while..."

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