Open Source Solutions
Grouper, the latest open source project from the Internet2 Middleware Initative, joins Sakai, uPortal, uMobile, Central Authentication Service (CAS), Shibboleth, and Zimbra in gaining significant momentum as open source alternatives to proprietary software. Proprietary software is becoming obsolete due to its steep licensing prices, forced upgrades, and escalating support costs. Open source software eliminates licensing fees and puts an end to vendor lock-in, yet offers control and flexibility with community-derived upgrades and enhancements. Determining the right fit and having the confidence that comes with professional support are two of the major challenges facing open source today.
While the appeal of open source is that it is a low cost alternative to proprietary software, there are many other advantages to adopting open source technologies:
- Easy to customize
- Promotes collaboration and innovation among peers
- Achieves economies of scale with community-based sharing and contribution
- Supports project, team, and code transparency
- Allows wide range of uses with open licensing
Unicon solutions are based on open source and community source technologies to increase productivity while keeping development costs low. More than a simple provider of open source solutions, Unicon participates and contributes as an active community member.