Open-source means, it is open and free for everyone to use. Also, if you have the technical capabilities you will also be able to contribute to the software creation. Further, Linux follows certain philosophies (Linux 2018):
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works and change it to make it do what you wish.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
Because of these unique principles the developers of Linux believe the OS to be ‘by the people, for the people’ (Linux 2018). This statement is also reinforced by the vast communities that emanates from the OS. The more than liberal approach delivered by the ‘freedom’ of Linux enables more users and facilitates a high degree of co-creation amongst the communities.
Besides freedom of use, Linux conveys a state-of-the-art user-security. One might think that because Linux is open-source, this will diminish the level of security. However, this turns out to be Linux’ strongest line of defense (Computer World 2018). Because highly skilled coders can read each other’s codes, they are able to comment and even help each other. Also, Linux is a Unix-based system which is known to have less exploitable security flaws compared to many other systems. Thus, we use Linux at Bizsys Aps, because we always put safety first, and as stated prior in this article, this solid system gets you where you want to get.