In production and development, open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details.

Generally, open source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. Open source sprouted in the technological community as a response to proprietary software owned by corporations.

Software normally costs in two ways, acquisition and maintenance, open source software tend  to have low cost in both acquiring and maintaining.  With high cost of IT infrastructure businesses can rely on open source software to bring down the cost and still maintain the software quality.

In the past only small business dared to use open source software while big corporations remained skeptical  but that has changed and we are slowly seeing big corporation opting for open source.

The main challenge with open source is support and guidance on choice from the variety in the market.  Consumer Linkup provides consultancy on open source software implementation. We will guide you on how to replace each proprietary software in your business with open source.

 

For big corporations who are still skeptical on the quality of open source, face book databases are powered by MYSQL and a good number of scripts written in PHP.