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About Open Source Software

SourceForge.net provides free hosting to Open Source software development projects. The essence of the Open Source development model is the rapid creation of solutions within an open, collaborative environment. Collaboration within the Open Source community (developers and end users) promotes a higher standard of quality, and helps to ensure the long-term viability of both data and applications.

Open Source software is also gaining increased momentum in the enterprise. Commonly cited reasons for the growing interest, acceptance, and even preference for Open Source products include low cost, high value, quality and reliability, security, increased freedom and flexibility (both hardware and software,) and adherence to open standards. Additional information regarding the Open Source concept can be found on the Open Source Initiative (OSI) web site.