How Does Your Workplace Use Open Source Software?

How Does Your Workplace Use Open Source Software?

Earlier this week I wrote about open source pragmatism and how even at an event like, there’s less evidence of one-sided tech zealotry than you might expect. Now I’m wondering: how does that actually play out in the workplaces of Lifehacker readers?

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Additional insights into your strategies are welcome in the comments.

Lifehacker’s World Of Servers sees me travelling to conferences around Australia and around the globe in search of fresh insights into how server and infrastructure deployment is changing in the cloud era. This week, I’m in Canberra for, paying particular attention to the systems administration mini-conference and sessions on virtualisation and best practice.


  • Our workplace tries wherever possible to use FREE software, even if it’s not Open Source.

    So yes, we use Linux and all its open source tools (gcc/g++ etc), most people either use Firefox or Chrome as their browsers, and most people use for document management – although a few managers/project leads have MS Office licenses.

    For Windows development, most engineers are using MS Visual C++ Express editions (free, proprietary) because the company doesn’t have enough cash to fork out for Professional licenses for all of us, although sometimes I wish they would… it’d make life much easier!

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