Everyone has been buzzing for at least the last decade about the power of the open source software community. They love that the movement brings powerful software to the every man. Where once you would have to pay thousands of dollars to have a fully stacked system, you now only have to go to your favorite software repo and download the programs that you need. No matter what profession that you are in, you will find an open source alternative that will be able to help you.
The people who have seen the most improvement to their business using open source software has been small businesses. Now they can set up a server or set up a web site and the price is considered minimal. But with all good things there is a bad side as well. People who are considered crusaders for open source software do not reflect on the bad side enough. How does a small business pay to keep the open source software that they use secure?
When you pay for software you usually have the right to complain when something does not go right. For any little glitch that you have you can easily go to the company that sold it to you and have them help you out. It is considered a part of doing business. But with the open source community a lot of the time you need to be patient when it comes to help. The person who created the software usually gets to it when they have the time. If you are a small business and you have a security problem with the software then that is not good enough. You need someone that is able to help you now and not at their leisure.
Luckily for small businesses there are companies that concentrate on helping them with open source products. While you may not pay for the product itself you can pay for the support. Now when you have a security issue there is someone that you can go to that will be able to help you out.
Open source is a great boon for small business; just make sure that you figure in the security support cost as well.