Free Software

Your office should be gaining the benefits of Free software

Capital-“F” Free software is any software that is released under a license that protects your freedom to run, modify, copy and distribute the software. Free software helps in one simple way: it removes barriers, both legal and technological, enabling you to do things that you couldn't do before. It does this while preserving your freedom to access your own data. Free has much to do with freedom, and little to do with cost. It is not the same as “freeware” or “shareware.”

However, most Free software is available for free or just the cost of packaging and distribution. More importantly, a typical Free software license allows you to install it on as many computers as you like. You never have to worry about a software audit. Your staff can do their jobs instead of tracking software licenses. And they can have access to hundreds of business applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail clients, web browsers, imaging tools, and the best networking and development utilities. With fewer expenditures for software licensing, you can focus on growing your business.

Free software keeps your data free

Free software gives you guaranteed access to your data. Proprietary software often changes, forcing you to upgrade or lose access to your own files. Because the source code for Free software is available (and there is no profit motive to “force” you into upgrades), you will always be able to access the documents and databases you create with it.

Free software most often uses globally-accepted standards as opposed to obfuscated file formats, so your data is more accessible to begin with. Proprietary vendors hide their program's technical attributes by building complex, binary-only structures. With Free software, there is nothing to hide (configuration via plain text file is the norm), so your data remains free.

When COMPUTASSIST installs Free software for a customer, I charge a very small amount, proportional to the value to your company, which I pass on to the developers or supporting organization of that software. This acknowledges the value of the Free software to you, and helps to support the continued development and improvement of Free software.

Interested in learning more about how Free software can help you? Contact me today.