11. Opensource collaborative tools

Some possible reasons why we choose OS software:
  • Cost
  • Control
  • No vendor lock-in
  • Extensibility
  • Wide community support
  • Bleeding edge
  • Portability of data
  • Quality often very high
Ways of figuring out whether a product is any good:
  • Documentation
  • Forums / community
  • Website
  • # of downloads
  • Mailing lists
fundable.org is an interesting idea:
  • Post a project idea
  • Get people to commit to it, and to some funding
  • If there's enough commitment, the project delivers, else people get their money back