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Open Source Software and Tools

For many projects, open source software can provide a suitable alternative to a proprietary solution. It may in fact provide the best outcome.

Among the advantages to using an open source approach are

OS software is supported by a wide range of forums, tutorials, user groups and mailing lists. With mature projects especially, many problems will already have been encountered and a solution is readily available. Documentation in many cases is extensive.

Extra support can often be purchased if necessary.

The requirements for individual projects will determine what approach is most suitable. This may involve an Open Source solution, the use of proprietary components or a combination of both.

A selection of open source tools include:

Apache Web Server

MySQL Database Management Service

PHP Scripting Language

OpenOffice Office Suite