Debunking 3 Common Myths about Open Source
January 30, 2019
Whether you’re already passionate about open source technology, or still clinging to proprietary software, there’s no denying that open source technology is behind some of the industry’s most powerful tools. “Sharing information is key in this era,” says Javier Celedon,
Operations Director for CTA. “Working collaboratively is how we succeed.”
Despite its growing popularity, there are still misconceptions surrounding open source technologies. We’ve compiled and addressed some common misconceptions about open source software so you can understand the field and make an informed decision.
Myth #1: Open source software is incompatible with proprietary software
Wrong. Open source software products interoperate with other software in the same way that proprietary software does. Most open source products can run on both open source and proprietary operating systems (and can talk to both open source and proprietary databases).
CTA open source data integration solutions let you partner with any agency, without replacing systems or requiring them to buy licenses.
Myth #2: Open source is free
The term ‘free’ in free open source software isn’t actually talking about money. “Free” refers to the freedom to access the source code and change it yourself- providing you abide by the terms of the license.
CTA has received a lot of infrastructure and licensing investment from funders and we pass on those savings to our clients. Although costs are incurred for the development of feature enhancements, maintenance and data warehousing, CTA does provide you with a small fortune in upgrades and licensing fees for free.
Myth #3: Open source isn’t licensed
CTA uses the Mozilla licensing model which ensures that any approved changes you make to the code will be shared with the other users.
With each code upgrade, everyone benefits. Open source guarantees community-wide improvements.
As we build out new features, we offer the upgrades to members for free. Here are some of the features commissioned, then shared among all communities.
- Skid Row Housing Trust/ Los Angeles
- the ability to do enrollments compatible with HMIS data collection requirements
- Coalition of Homeless Service Providers in Monterey County:
- Coordinated Entry
- The ability to create custom surveys
- United Way / Monterey County
- Upload files and send notifications
- match clients for financial assistance
As more funders require collaboration your organization may start looking for solutions that enable data integration without requiring you to toss your existing system. Open source technology will likely be part of any data integration solution you choose.
Integrating Data is essential to ending homelessness.
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