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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.
9. Freeware and shareware mean open source
Most users are familiar with freeware and shareware. Those two types of software are not the same as open source. If the source code to the software is not made available, that piece of software is definitely not open source.
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