Why Use Open Source?
But why should business use open source software over time-honored programs like Microsoft Word and Excel? Well, a number of reasons.
The most obvious one is cost. Open source software, depending on the licensing, is either free or extremely cheap, much more so than their proprietary counterparts. This can really cut down on operating costs.
Increasingly, open source software tends to be more reliable and more secure due to the fact that every piece of code is under public scrutiny, a public that is constantly supplying new patches and fixes for every aspect of the software. This is an ongoing process, one that is free for you to take advantage of. Open source communities are endlessly helpful and inventive.
Open source software develops quickly, and can easily be customized to suit a business’s particular needs, either through derivative works or by simply adding features. With open source, a program is just clay on the wheel, ready to form fit to what you need.
Many businesses also just find open source a philosophically preferable source of software.
With that, here are some open source software solutions that many businesses are taking on for themselves: