Advantages of Open Source Software

Lower Software Costs
  • Open source solutions generally require no licensing fees
  • The logical extension is no maintenance fees
  • The only expenditures are for media, documentation, and support, if required
Simplified License Management
  • Obtain the software once and install it as many times and in as many locations as you need
  • No need to count, track, or monitor for license compliance
Lower Hardware Costs
  • In general, Linux and open source solutions are elegantly compact and portable
  • Require less hardware power to accomplish the same tasks as on conventional servers (Windows, Solaris) or workstations
  • You can get by with less expensive hardware
Scaling/Consolidation Potential
  • Again, Linux and open source applications and services can often scale considerably.
  • Multiple options for load balancing, clustering, and open source applications, such as database and email, give organizations the ability to scale up for new growth or consolidate to do more with less
Ample Support
  • Support is available for open source—often superior to proprietary solutions. First, open source support is freely available and accessible through the online community via the Internet. And second, many tech companies are now supporting open source with free online and multiple levels of paid support
Quality Software
  • Evidence and research indicate that open source software is good stuff. The peer review process and community standards, plus the fact that source code is out there for the world to see, tend to drive excellence in design and efficiency in coding