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What exactly is open source?

"Open source", or free software, means that the source code of a software program is open and freely accessible and permission is granted to use it. You can therefore edit open source programs yourself, adapt them to your own needs and then distribute them further.

Open source is not necessarily free, but many open source programs are provided free of charge. Enterprise functions can be offered for a fee with extensions and support. Free, in this context "free software", therefore refers more to the freedom of use.

You have no exclusive rights to the software and are subject to constant monitoring and improvement.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive!"

As already written in Acts 15, open source works on this principle. Those who use open source should not only use it, but also give their findings back to the open source community !

"Commercial or open source?"

Anyone who wants to introduce software is faced with an important question: open source or commercial software?

Basically, you should think carefully about the purposes for which the software is to be used, because the decision as to which software is right for your company is made for a long period of time. If a company backs the wrong horse, this often results in significantly higher development costs and less flexibility, both of which can last in the long term.

We would like to show you why the decision to use open source software is a good one.

Advantage of the open source solution

Over the past decade, the adoption of open source software at the enterprise level has been successful as more and more companies have discovered the significant benefits of open source ERP over their proprietary solutions.

Companies looking to make intelligent use of open source software will find many good reasons to do so. Here are just a few of them.

Open Source is SAFE

High security standards, security gaps are closed more quickly.

Open Source is SCALABLE

Scalability, from single-user versions to corporate networks.

Open source is HIGH QUALITY

Open source stands for proven, reliable software with high software quality

Open Source is INNOVATIVE

Fast and continuous further development of the software by the community.

Open Source creates TRANSPARENCY

Open source code guarantees maximum transparency and trust in the software.

Open source is FUTURE-SURE

Fast and continuous further development of the software by the community.

The myths about open source

The use of open source ERP software is not yet as accepted in Germany as perhaps in other countries. Although this has improved significantly in recent years and the acceptance of users and decision-makers is increasing, prejudices are often harbored.

When it comes to open source software (OSS), there are many different sources of information. Some of this information is reliable and trustworthy, while others can be somewhat misleading. Far too often we hear that open source software is only created by hobby programmers in dark basements as a leisure project or is insecure because the source code of open source software is freely available. This also increases the fear of hackers.

With open source ERP still being met with criticism, it's easy to understand why the topic of OSS can be a little confusing and you may not be sure that open source is right for your business. Let's shed some light and debunk some of these myths...

Myth no.1 - Open source is not secure

The truth about security in any kind of software, open source or not, is that security can be either good or bad depending on how it is developed. Open source can be more secure than proprietary software. Open source benefits from a community that is interested in its development. The project sponsors draw on a broader knowledge base, all of which is invested in the quality and overall security of the project. When it comes to security, it is a priority to always have data protected, and since the source code is freely distributed, everyone can work to protect it.

Myth no.2 - Open source is free of charge

It is a misconception that open source is always free. First of all, open source is free because the source code can be copied, viewed and modified. It is usually the case that basic applications are free of charge for users. However, special modifications outside of these basic functions are sold as licenses for a fee.
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Myth No. 3 - Open source violates the law, license and copyright

How can something be open and yet protected? A bit of a conundrum, isn't it? Open source uses a variety of licenses that make the project available to the public while taking advantage of the legal protection of copyrights and patents.

The concept of open source protection is that while the code behind a particular program is made available to the public, the program itself is given certain licenses to ensure that the program itself is protected from theft. Certain licenses give you a lot of creative leeway with the code, but in the end it is your responsibility to understand what you can and cannot do, what you should and should not do.

Myth no. 4 - Open source is without support

When you think about this misconception in the context of the size of the open source community (spoiler alert: it's a global movement), it's hard to figure out where it comes from. Support for open source software works differently than what we expect from other types of technical support for commercial software.

In fact, open source programs give you more opportunities for support because help can come from anywhere in the world. The best way to describe open source technical support would be "The world is a village..." as developers provide help to each other.

Myth no. 5 - Open source is not enterprise software

What exactly is enterprise software? A simple definition of enterprise software is a stable product that fulfills the needs and requirements of a large company.

The license of open source ERP determines how your company uses the software, and business-friendly toolsets such as Javascript, SQL and so on are common with open source projects. Similarly, scalability is easy to achieve with open source projects.

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