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Open source and community project

Before becoming a widely downloaded and used solution, OCS Inventory is a community project of open-source software. The editing team is open and draws inspiration from user contributions to continually improve this open-source IT inventory tool. This magic has been happening for more than 20 years, serving the common good with a sustainable and responsible approach.

The choice of open source

Many people, including in the world of information technology, wonder about the real interest of opening their code to the whole world. Yet, the virtues are numerous:

  • Access to the source code of software makes it easier to understand and modify its functionalities.

  • The contribution of numerous developers is beneficial for improving and correcting software.

  • The free use and distribution of software, provided that the terms of the license are respected.

  • Innovation is promoted by allowing everyone to draw inspiration from the ideas and solutions implemented by others.

  • Cost reduction related to software acquisition by using free or low-cost software.

"Sharing knowledge is the most fundamental act of friendship. Because it is a way you can give something without loosing something."

Richard Stallman

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