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Open Source

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In short open source software is good for everyone.
It provides an environmnet more likely to produce better software through:

  • Large scale peer review.
  • Developers and users are empowered to fault find and repair under open standards which leads to faster development and reduced bug levels which increases reliability.
  • Proven techniques may be re-used, without having to re-invent the wheel, again speeding development.
  • Software applications are tools and developed because they are needed, if we have a need there will almost certainly exist others that have the same need with whom we may collaborate.
  • The organisations and people most involved with the product are those with the greatest knowledge of the product and therefore the best option for efficient supply of services, customisation and support.

See GNU.org for more details.