What is Open Source

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.

A group of free software evangelists lead by Eric S. Raymond have formed a non-profit organization that, among other things, has trademarked the term "Open Source" (see http://www.opensource.org/).

Why Open Source?

  • "Security through disclosure" - In general, source code needs to be widely distributed, reviewed and fixed in order for its openness to be a security benefit.
  • The essence of the Open Source development model is the rapid creation of solutions within an open, collaborative environment. Collaboration within the Open Source community (developers and end users) promotes a higher standard of quality, and helps to ensure the long-term viability of both data and applications.

Last edited Apr 23, 2007 at 6:29 PM by rudigrobler, version 6


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