“Powa Technologies Ltd., a mobile payments company located in the U.K., which about a year ago began moving from Oracle and IBM products to open source software. The limited migrations attempted so far have proved to be so successful that the company is now in the process of moving almost all of itâ€™s operations to free software.”
“Oracle is using audits to aggressively sell cloud services to its existing base â€” even to customers who have no interest in moving to the cloud. One of the methods used is to lower massive penalties for being out of compliance in exchange for signing up for cloud services. Another method takes advantage of vendor lock-in by using the â€œbreach notice,â€ which is what Business Insider meant by â€œnuclear option,â€ as it gives the customer the chance to walk away from a costly contract scot-free.”
See Godfather Ellison’s Protection RacketNo matter how helpful salesmen of non-Free products may be they have quotas to meet and turn up the pressures on customers at crunch-time. I’ve seen it myself with a school division upgrading an application and being required to pay for multiple copies of licences if they wanted to keep their data. Well, you can be free of all that simply by using FLOSS, Free/Libre Open Source Software. It’s not “out to get you”. You download it, run it and you can use as many copies as you want. You can even modify and distribute the software if you want. That’s all allowed by the FLOSS licences which accompany the download. No salesmen. No nasty salesmen. Not even an “End User Licensing Agreement”.
If you use Oracle’s database, try Postgresql. If it’s M$’s OS, and office suite, try Debian GNU/Linux and LibreOffice. Be free to use your hardware as you see fit rather than as some corporation allows.