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How we use open source applications to save you money
We use open source web application to implement the functionality your website requires. This saves us time and money which can pass on to you. Allowing you to have for example a fully functional website for a fraction of the cost other companies would charge to implement systems which have been written commercially with sales in mind.
What is open source?
Open source software is exactly the same as any other software expect the source code (the lines of code that programmers write) is available for anyone to see, modify and contribute towards in terms of development of the software and fixing of bugs. As well as creating add-ons to extend the features of original concept. This can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.
Open source promotes software reliability and quality by supporting independent peer review and rapid evolution of source code. To be OSI certified, the software must be distributed under a license that guarantees the right to read, redistribute, modify, and use the software freely.
Why do we use open source?
Open source software is an idea whose time has finally come. For twenty years it has been building momentum in the technical cultures that built the Internet and the World Wide Web. Now it's breaking out into the commercial world, and that's changing all the rules.
Because most open source software is essentially free even for commercial use there are no related development costs and implementation is quicker. Those savings in time and money are passed on to you the customer. That is why our website solutions less expensive and of better quality than those solutions quoted by other companies. What would you rather have running your website an application that has been put together by a web design companies "software developers" or a by a team of highly skilled, dedicated programmers who develop quality controlled software?
Is open source not less reliable than close source?
No, not at all. Being open source allows bugs and security holes to be realized and fixed much quickly and inexpensively than tradional closed source applications. Since open source applications are developed by a professional team the finished product is nearly always more reliable and solid than their commercial counterparts.
Give me some examples of open source software in use on the web
Well firstly there's Linux, an open source operating system that rivals Microsoft Windows. Linux is believed to have somewhere between 4 and 27 million users, with best estimates towards the upper end of that range. (According to IDG, business Linux usage increased 212% in 1998. Other figures indicate it is roughly doubling yearly.)
FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD: The BSDs are all based on the Berkeley
Systems Distribution of Unix, developed at the University of California,
Berkeley. Another BSD based open source project is Darwin, which is the
base of Apple's Mac OS X.
Our web hosting is Linux and Apache based thus saving you money. Apache also uses the open source scripting language PHP which allows website have live content and functionality.
It will be PHP applications that you will really be interested in as these add functionality to your website.
Give me an example of how you would use open source applications?
When we implement e-commerse solutions we use a open source application called oscommerse, this is open source PHP application and is maintained and available from the SourceForge project. Oscommerse is a powerful catalogue and shopping cart better than most commercially available e-commerse systems. Oscommerse is free under the GPL license which can be found at SourceForge.
By using oscommerse we deliver a quality product, save time and money, which is passed on to you the customer.
More Examples of open source applications which we can use to add functionality to your website:
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