Open Source

Open Source software is a new concept to many people, but it has in fact been around for a couple of decades. Originally, university faculty and students would share their work, and through collaberation build and improve the software needed for their research.

The Internet itself was developed mainly on open source platforms, and even today, a significant portion of the Internet infrastructure still uses open source implementations.

You have probably used open source software already, and not even realized it. The majority of the websites on the Internet (including this one) are served using open source webservers and platforms. Many commercial products, such as firewalls and voice mail systems, are running open source software.

Here, we try to present an overview of the who, what, and why of Open Source Software.