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5. It's just for programmers
A lot of the public seems to think that because of the nature of open source, only programmers use it. That confusion may arise from the availability of the source code and the accompanying assumption that the availability of code means that only those who know how to read, edit, and rebuild that code can and should use it.
In fact, anyone can use open-source software with or without the skills to modify and rebuild the software. It's a safe bet that the most open-source users do not have a single programming language in their skillset.
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6. You're breaking the law by adopting open source
Thanks to SCO, people used to think open-source adoption might be illegal. But fortunately, all that changed when the SCO case was thrown out of court. The use of open-source software does not break any intellectual property laws. Not a single case has proved that open source has infringed on other, proprietary work. So it's safe to say that if you are using open source, you are not considered a law-breaking rebel.
7. You have to be an expert to use it
This point relates to the previous entries. I still hear that old question, "Do you have to write your own drivers to use that?" The answer has been, for a long time, no. Many people still believe that open-source software is for Übergeeks who can compile software in their sleep. Not so.
In fact, with most open-source projects, there's no need to install from source now. Most platforms have binary installers that make adding open-source software to your PC as easy as installing proprietary software — in some cases, even easier. And using most open-source software is the same. Like all things to do with computers, as the intelligence of the average computer user has dropped, the ease of use of open-source software has increased.
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