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The Power of Open Source

The term "open source" refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly accessible.

While it originated in the context of computer software development, today the term *open source* designates a set of values—what is called the open source way. In general, open source projects, products, or initiatives are those that embrace and celebrate open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development.

Open Source Software (OSS) - is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone. *Source code* is the part of software that most computer users don't ever see; it's the code computer programmers can use to change how a piece of software works. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don't always work correctly.

Some software has source code that cannot be modified by anyone but the person, team, or organization who created it and maintains exclusive control over it. This kind of software is frequently called *proprietary software* or *closed source* software. Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop are examples of proprietary software.

But most important most of OSS is free of charge. No annual/one time fees. This can be a major beneficial factor of development for a SMB or a startup company.

Stability & Reliability - Open source software is also a key component of the behind-the-scenes technology that powers the Internet. Every time you use a device to view a webpage, check your email, chat with a friend, or play a multiplayer game, a network of computers around the world works to link your device to a remote computer which serves up the data your local device displays. Many of these systems run open source software, from the Linux operating system to a web server application such as Apache. There are also a variety of other open source tools which enable functionality for file storage, networking, and other important computing tasks.

Nologin Solutions specializes in implementing OSS. From planning your infrastructure to private, secure VPN lines, virtualization, web & email hosting. We offer dedicated commercial support for a variety of OSS, utilizing the Internet to communicate with each client, regardless of location.