What is open source?

Open source software allows developers to have full control over how it works. This means we can change the code in the software to make it behave the way we want. Proprietary software, on the other hand, is locked and you can only choose the options that were built into it. And you have to pay for the pleasure of using it.

Companies all over the world are choosing open source technologies to efficiently increase their business growth, optimise system performance and reduce costs. Our favourite, Drupal is an open source content management framework that's easy to modify and has a user base of hundreds of thousands of people. The very active community has an estimated 240,000 websites powered by Drupal.

Open source = freedom of choice
Open source software gives your develop the power to control your software's code. You have the right to modify the code to suit your requirements and control the budgets that you want to spend on doing so. Unlike proprietary software -- where the vendor controls your code, upgrades and budgets -- with open source software, you control the upgrade process and can choose to decide which bugs to fix and when.

Greater security and quality
Open source software is available publicly. A large number of developers globally contribute and analyse the code, constantly increasing the quality and making it more secure. The peer review process drives excellence.

Lower cost of ownership
For open source software your annual licence fee costs are zero. You don’t have to pay for additional licences as you take on more employees. Your only costs are support for your software that ensure reliability and reduces running cost by at least 80%.

Continuity
Proprietary software companies sometimes shut up shop or decide to stop supporting particular software products. Open source software is not dependent on a single entity; even if a creator stops working on it, other developers can choose to take it up and continue improving and updating it.