Originally published in the January 2010 Texas Bar Journal.
The term “open source,” in the context of computer software, is not as foreign to lawyers as it used to be. Part of that is due to President Barack Obama and his administration’s use of open source software. And part of it is awareness of technology costs as firms of all sizes evaluate cost-saving measures.
Whether you have just graduated from law school, have decided to hang out your own shingle, or have been asked to re-evaluate your firm’s technology needs, odds are good you are looking for ways to cut costs but maintain productivity. There are some specific applications that will help you do both, and even help bring in new business: 1) OpenOffice, 2) WordPress, and 3) Content
Open source applications make it possible to cut costs without giving up productivity
or business development. This article by no means presents an exhaustive list, only a few examples to get you started. Do a Google search and see what other open source alternatives you can find for your proprietary applications.
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