Fidelity plans to consider more open source solutions and will now give open source and proprietary applications equal weight when selecting software. What tipped them over the edge? Speed. This is the beauty of open source. The community behind popular open source products tends to respond more quickly than most traditional companies. For example, Fidelity evaluated both Firefox and IE to find that both had similar vulnerabilities; however, the Firefox community responded more quickly to fix issues.
Fidelity is also taking a more enlightened approach to open source than some other companies by showing a strong interest in community involvement. For open source software that is used extensively, they plan to have Fidelity developers work closely with the open source community to contribute enhancements and do their part to maintain community health and longevity of the product.