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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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8. It's hard to find
Open-source software is everywhere. It's available on Download.com, in the Android Market, in every Linux distribution's Add/Remove Software utility, and from websites across the globe. If you can do a Google search, you can find it.
There are dedicated sites for open-source software on specific platforms, and even Microsoft has a dedicated open-source site. Open source has come a long way from its roots, when locating the counterpart to a proprietary piece of software was like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.