What is Open Source?

February 26, 2015

If you’ve never heard of Open Source Software then you are just about to find out about one of the best things to happen to the ICT industry in the last thirty years.

Open Source is a term used to cover non-proprietary, open software (but also hardware in some cases). We use the word open as being analogous to ‘free speech’. This does not mean that Open Source is cost free software, it simply means that anyone may freely look at, amend/improve and distribute the computer source code behind the software. You may not be aware of it, but Open Source has been a major aspect of software since the early 1990s.

celine handbags You may have heard of some well known Open Source Software titles such as:

  • The Linux Operating System. An Open Source operating system which is the basis of millions of devices worldwide including mobile phones (Android), Television box tops, fridges, media players, and of course as cheap jerseys desktop alternative to Windows or Mac OS.
  • The Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird Email client.
  • The Apache Foundation Web Server. The Open Source web server that powers most of the web sites on the Internet.

The list is endless and Open Source is everywhere today. Using Open Source software not only liberates your business from licensing and other software lock-in but assures you that the software will be exposed to all whom wish to view it’s original source code. This inherently makes the software more secure as people from around the world (rather than just one company) provide updates/fixes as issues are uncovered. The operating system Linux is founded on the enterprise class operating system UNIX and by this merit, it too is highly stable and secure. Linux servers run in the background,  busily working away to provide small businesses with file sharing, printing, email, web sites/Intranets and many other background workhorse tasks besides. It can also feature as a zero-cost desktop operating system. The only cost to your business is how you look after the Open Source Software. Some businesses prefer to hire permanent Open Source staff, whilst often businesses see an operational cost benefit from utilising external services such as OpenTech where and when they need it.

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