The definition of open source is: Open source is a source code that is made freely available for possible modification and redistribution. Products include permission to use the source code, design documents, or content of the product. It most commonly refers to the open-source model, in which open-source software or other products are released under an open-source license as part of the open-source-software movement. Use of the term originated with software, but has expanded beyond the software sector to cover other open content and forms of open collaboration. Source: Wikipedia
As a company we don’t only promote and offer consulting services about the use of open source software, but we also produce open source software.
There are many benefits to open source software. Some of the most important benefits:
Open source software usually has a community around it. These are people who are either professionally or voluntarily involved in the project. The community contributes to actual development, but also other important tasks, such as translation and documentation.
Open source software is usually safer than propriety software, because of the community and transparency. The community can respond very fast when there is a security problem with the software. The transparency of the code makes it easier to detect flaws, but also allows anyone, who has the knowledge, to check whether the software really is safe.
The software is globally available, therefore you don’t depend on just one supplier. This way, you could switch your service provider without a need to change the software itself.
The internet runs on open source. It might sound as a surprise to many people, but the most used operating system isn’t Windows or Apple’s OS/X, it’s in fact Linux. Linux is an open source operating system that’s freely available to anyone. The majority of enterprise and internet servers run on this system. Also, businesses start to discover the benefits of this operating system for their servers or cloud instances, some even for their desktop systems.
And that was just one example. There are many other open source applications just as good as their proprietary counterparts. Of course, we understand that switching from a familiar software package to open source can be scary or perhaps even daunting. As a company we are used to transitions to open source, therefore we are able to advise whether such a transition makes sense and to guide the transition, so that it will be a smooth experience.
As a company we are also specialized in the development of open source software, also we actively participate in open source projects. Open source is a community effort. Its great power therefore lays in the participation of community members. Community members contribute to the development of the project, even if it’s just ideas or feature requests.
One confusion is that open source software is non-commercial. That is not necessarily true. Sure most open source software can be obtained for free, but open source companies usually offer additional services related to the software to make a living with their product. Usually such services are consulting, education, hosting, deployment, etc.
We care about our community and understand very well that we live in a digital era of community based business. Therefore, we encourage our community to share their ideas for new open source software. If the idea is suitable then we offer an interesting revenue sharing models for ideas we’ll take into production.
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