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Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is the name given to marketing from commercial software companies in an effort to dissuade people from option for open source. In this post Tom Woodward argues that some FUD is "necessary" in an effort to convince people at the college where he works to use the official software rather than installing something on their own. "Choosing to use unvetted applications is a significant risk," he writes. Not only are there security concerns, questions may also be asked about whether the software preserves privacy, is accessible, and is even going to be around next year.

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