Software Piracy Fight Makes Enemies, FLOSS makes friends

An article by Brian Bergstein of The Associated Press (Also in Washington Post) concludes as any article critical of the BSA should: as a suggestion to switch to FLOSS alternatives.

Enraged, CEO Sterling Ball vowed never to use Microsoft software again, even if "we have to buy 10,000 abacuses." He shifted to open-source software, which lacks such legal entanglements because its underlying code is freely distributed.

For many businesses, open-source has seemed technically daunting or unable to match the proprietary programs seen as essential in some industries. These days, however, the march of technology might be changing that.