Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software for which the source code is made available at no cost to use, modify, and redistribute. The benefits to using free and open source software include:
The attributes that make open source software attractive also bring risks:
- Security flaws are widely known and could be exploited.
- Some applications evolve rapidly, making it a challenge to keep components working together and diagnose issues as new bugs appear.
- Increased effort to manage above risks can quickly negate cost savings in the Total Cost of Ownership equation.
Our engineers have a wealth of experience with open source software and can help you determine whether open source software is a good fit for your business, ensure you manage the risks, and use it to its best advantage so you can realize the positive business outcomes.