Archive:GNU Linux Flier
Free Culture for GNU/Linux
"Talk is cheap. Show me the code." --Linus Torvalds
The emerging trend in software development...
Proprietary software has problems
- Security flaws are more prevalent and serious in proprietary software
- Security and bugs fixes take much longer to be implemented
- Users have little or no control of the course of software development
Proprietary software dominated the marketplace until Linus Torvalds and a loosely knit group of hackers from around the world began development GNU/Linux. They did something new, they gave out the source code. Many started joining the GNU/Linux movement because they could see the source code, make changes, experiment, and express their creativity like never before.
GNU/Linux has several major advantages as compared to proprietary software
- Bugs are less common with peer review of source code before releases
- Security flaws and bugs are fixed on a much shorter time frame
- Users are encouraged to become involved in the development of software
Open source software works, just look at the numbers, the City of Largo, Florida has 900 employees using GNU/Linux and saves about $1 million yearly. Major cities such as Munich, Germany are also making the switch along with companies such as Amazon, E*Trade and Salomon Smith Barney.
Open Source software is part of the Free Culture Movement
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