When we talk about open source software, we are referring to Free Software.
It is "free" in that it can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed in compliance with the respective license. However, this does not necessarily mean that it carries no cost. Richard Stallman coined the saying: "Free as in freedom, not as in free beer". For free software, you face no licensing costs, only the costs you would expect for implementation, training, maintenance and care.
Since the credativ story began, we have been committed to the ethos of Free Software; we're one of the few companies that focuses exclusively on services in the open source environment. We take great care in selecting our employees, whose commitment to the Free Software community plays a major role in the active development of the software projects in this arena worldwide. Our years of development and project work helping businesses use open source mean that we are well acquainted with the issues that can arise and what kind of solutions work best and where.
Whether at home or at work, the user-friendly Linux operating system is now the preferred choice for many devices. Android is a prime example, where the use of open source software has been a game changer for the smartphone and tablet market. The flexibility and openness of Android, leaving manufacturers unconstrained by licensing concerns, has allowed developers the freedom to upload to the public forum, and users the ability to control the future of the software.
Open source is about choice. As a user, you are in a position to feed back into the development process, directly influencing the creation and direction of the software on your device. This is why credativ is an open source company - when it comes to business, we know a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to software doesn't always cut it. We help our clients to get ahead of the competition by making sure their software supports how they work best.
There is now a huge range of open source software out there, all of which are free to download. Built and maintained by a global community of experts, any security flaws in these operating systems are caught before they get a chance to reach the user, and if any slip through the net, fixes are usually made available within 24 hours.
Using our services, our clients tap into this community, as our developers and administrators are actively involved in the open source eco-system, by contributing code and fixes. Through our Service and Support Plan, you can stay in control. You can access services for any of the software listed below through our Open Source Support Centre.