Open Source Software

Open Source Software

Open source software is increasing choice in the software market and helping businesses to cut their IT costs. Introduction Open source software is a way of writing, selling and supplying software that can help businesses get cheaper, more flexible software. The idea is simple: the source code of the software (the instructions that computers follow) is publicly available for anyone to change, improve and distribute. This contrasts with most current software which is “proprietary” – that is to say, users have to pay for branded programs or products in which the source code is kept hidden from the user. Users of open source software claim proprietary software is restrictive, expensive and inflexible, and that open source software can bring a whole range of benefits. This bu... »