Open source software is generally free, and so is a world of support through the vibrant communities, excellent documentation, forums, mailing lists, forges, wikis, newsgroups and even live support chat. For businesses that want extra assurance, there are now paid support options on most open source packages at prices that still fall far below what most proprietary vendors will charge.
Freedom to customize
Business users can take a piece of open source and tweak it to suit their needs. Since the code is open, it’s simply a matter of modifying it to add the functionality. This doesn’t really work with the licensed software.
With licensed software, you have nothing but the vendor’s statement claiming that the software is secure and adhering to standards. The visibility of the code behind open source software, however, means you can see for yourself and be rest assured.
Try before you buy
If you’re considering using open source software, it will typically cost you nothing to try it out first due to software’s free price. Hence, no commitment required until you’re sure.
Stable, High-Quality, Scalable, Future-Proof
Open source software combines all the advantages: high-quality source code, stable performance, and a high level of security. In addition, it is significantly more future-proof as an open source project can’t disappear completely from the market since thousands of supporters worldwide are constantly improving the software.