Opensource is about affordability, flexibility and effectiveness.
What is Opensource?
Opensource is a philosophical approach to how we relate with software technology, but also a radical take on the nature of work (and workers). Instead of copyright and intellectual property, Opensource espouses collaboration and community participation in the development, application, and use of technology.
What is OSS (Opensource Software):
Opensource Software (OSS) refers to software whose source code is available to the public or "open". OSS is created and maintained by an online community of thousands of users and developers from all over the world. OSS differs from proprietary software in that it is not owned by anyone, does not require a fee to use and may be altered and redistributed by anyone as long as they redistribute it under the same terms.
Proprietary software refers to code that is created for profit, and primarily owned and controlled by huge multinationals such as Microsoft or Apple. It is developed privately and only licensed to end users for a fee. Their technicians are trained and certified on only their products and charge accordingly (very expensive).
Open Source Software & its Benefits for Non-Profits
There are financial, operational and social value incentives for non-profit organizations to adopt open-source software. Most non-profits, however, do not adopt or even consider the benefits of open-source solutions. These unrealized opportunities are due to knowledge gaps amongst the strategic decision makers. Typically, a non-profit organization's area of expertise is in education and social justice, not the latest technologies. However, non-profits require an infrastructure of support that includes not only education, but also an emphasis on strategic planning and technical support.
We believe there are four simple reasons why social justice organizations should use OSS:
licensing and permit freedom,
community based technical support and development,
alignment with mission and values.
Anarres believes that a strategic approach to technology deployment reveals that some small investments in technology can dramatically increase the delivery, efficiency of communications, services, build a movement, build campaigns and improve the administrative capacity and organization.