open source


Tux the Linux penguin Wherever possible we encourage the use of open source software.
  • Stability: Open source software is widely regarded as being far more stable than anything else. Having the code available for public scrutiny means that it is naturally better written, with bugs being identified and removed in a far shorter time.
  • Security: Well-written code is secure code. Many of the widespread security problems in recent years have resulted from basic coding mistakes. These mistakes are far less common in open source applications.
  • Lower TCO: Apart from the savings on licencing, the stability and reliability of open source will also drastically reduce your support and maintenance costs.
  • Compatibility: Open source software is designed to be usable, and thus compatible with your existing systems. Compare this to proprietary vendors who try to keep you using their software by deliberately limiting its ability to internetwork. This is how we are not only able to support legacy Windows systems, but also Macintosh, Linux and UNIX. With open source they can all work together happily.
  • Power: Open source operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD release the true potential of your hardware. Even with Windows on the desktop you can still benefit from open-source; a Linux intranet server has the power to manage Internet access, e-mail, file-serving, VPN extranets and web-services for a fraction of the cost of a proprietary system.
And we're not alone with our opinions on Open Source. See why Apple made the decision to open source the core of their latest operating system, MacOS-X.

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