Open Source

They say that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Computer systems based on Open Source Software are as near as a business can get.

The implementation of any computer system involves three parts:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Services

Using an Open Source system eliminates the cost of proprietary software element of the project.

How is this possible?

Licensing terms vary for Open Source Software, but the common element is that any software covered by an Open Source license is free to use. It is essentially free software.

Is it risky?

If you are connected to the internet by broadband ADSL, chances are you are already running an Open Source system. Most broadband and wireless routers use open source software as their underlying system.

Many large internet sites use open source systems. Google, Amazon, Twitter, Digg, IBM and Dell are some of the big names who all use GNU/Linux.

What's in it for me?

Reduction in cost

With proprietary software, costs can be significant, and can spiral when additional features are needed. Anti-virus, backup, database, mail & messaging all add to the cost of a proprietary system. These features are included as standard with Open Source.


An open source GNU/Linux operating system can trace it's roots back to 1965, and has been in continuous development since. It was designed with a secure multi-user model. Later refinements include an extended security framework based on concepts proved by a number of projects within the US National Security Agency.

For further details or to discuss your requirements, please contact us to take advantage of a free software computer system.

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