Open Source Projects

Throughout the years I have contributed to many open source projects. Some of my favorites are: Joomla, WordPress, Asterisk, FreeSwitch, BlueBox, HLStats, CounterStrike (when it was a mod) and many others. The best thing about open source is the ability to fix and change the code as needed and to contribute to the project. The only dark side to open source is when an open source project gets moved into a commercial project and the open source project becomes obsolete.

What is Open Source

The term open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Subsequently, the new phrase "open-source software" was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created.

The open source model includes the concept of concurrent yet different agendas and differing approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial software companies. A main principle and practice of open source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product, source-material, "blueprints", and documentation available at no cost to the public.


What does this mean to you?

For the most part it means you can get some top quality software for free. Considering you know enough about computers and what you are setting up to make it all come together and work correctly and securely. This is where people like us will dive right in to help you further your company, business, education. Currently a few of us sit in IRC chat and help people configure their software and getting running. We also offer this service for a fee for a more personalized and custom setup. rates are reasonable and if we install it we support it!