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Why Free Open-Source Learning Platform Is Not Free

The biggest driver for open-source software is the word “free.” It’s the stuff dreams are made of, an open-source Learning Platform that is free to download, free to use, and has no pesky licensing fee to contend with. The truth is, you usually get what you pay for, and the thing nobody talks about is what happens after you download your “free software.” There’s one thing you should always keep in mind: “Free” always comes with a cost. The costs can be pretty sneaky, though, but it’s definitely something to think about. Consider these areas of “hidden costs” associated with free open-source learning software: What about the time that it takes to figure out how to use the software? How long will it take for you to figure out which features to activate and which to shut off? What plug-ins should you download and integrate? What about the expertise you need to make it work – can you get free training for that? What happens when a new version is rolled out; will it be free, too? Will you feel stuck with the older version because the features you have integrated may not work with the new version? How much time will it take to implement the program? Time is money. And when you are putting in hour after hour to get your open-source training platform up and running, you are wasting your time, energy and money. At first glance, free seems pretty cool, but when you look deeper, it really isn’t free at all. Why Free Open-Source Learning Platform Is Not Free? When you take the time to think things through and analyze the situation, you’ll see that an open-source platform: 1. Is not Comprehensive: You’ll have to buy third-party plug-ins. Free versions of software are usually bare bones...

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