I have seen this argument over and over on Facebook, and elsewhere online. I have just created a project, and this is what I have used from hosting the site to producing content.
OK admittedly – I am a one-man company – so I can get away with this, but that’s not to say, it’s impossible. I wasn’t intending to see if I could produce a project just using FOSS – it just happened.
If I used proprietary software, this would be the cost:
Total cost for a year – £1912 PER MACHINE
I would have achieved the SAME results, but be out of pocket. I will admit this though – I am a pragmatic user of FOSS, not an ideological user, what was interesting when I was creating the podcasts for YouTube, there were online tools to do the job – but thanks to VLC player having visualisation – AND that OBS can record the desktop or even just a window – I was able to make my own – admittedly at the rate of 1 second per second – I was able to do it using VLC – and NOT break the GPL. I was using it for a different purpose than what it should be used for. I was able to get creative on how to use these programs!
The software was free to use and gave me the freedom to use it as I see fit. If I had the technical knowhow – I could have added a visualisation feature in OBS for myself…… and sent the patch upstream to Github.
The TL:DR –
You CAN use FOSS for daily production in business!