“Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under an open-source license that permits users to study, change, improve and at times also to distribute the software.” (Wikipedia)
To help protect your freedom we prefer open-source software (OSS) components in all projects. That means we also release our products under the GNU General Public Licence. Why?
The code of any such program is made publicly and freely available. For you, this means two distinct advantages. You will potentially save a lot of money on running costs and future developments. Also, OSS solutions tend to be more secure, as anyone can point out flaws in the architecture. So bugfixes can be released instantly. You will become independent from the financial schemes and interests of software giants.
- … random yearly licence fees
- … dependency on a single entity in the future
- …”black boxes” or “back doors”
- … unilateral authority with the legal power to prescribe or restrict how the software is used
- … “per-copy fees” for modified versions
- … conflicting priorities due to marketing pressure
- … opacity
- … limitations on how the software can be modified for your best use
- … limitations on your rights to redistribute modifications and improvements to the code