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What Is Open Source Software?

Open source software refers to any software that’s open to the public for review, use, edit and distribution for any purpose or application, however the user sees fit.

The transparent nature of open source software (both in the actual code and the project’s governance) plays a vital role in ensuring public trust in consumer-facing applications.

This makes it a popular choice for education, government and health institutions—as well as a growing number of enterprises.

In addition, open source software is an excellent alternative to low and no-code frameworks, which often result in vendor lock-in.

Open Source is important for a number of reasons:

  • It allows contributors donating work to observe how their work is governed
  • It enables developers to self-select tasks and self-organise
  • It allows work to be globally distributed and constructed holistically

Did you know?

According to the Linux Foundation, it’s been estimated that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) constitutes 70-90% of any given piece of modern software solutions.

Open source software is an increasingly vital resource in nearly all industries, public and private sectors, among tech and non-tech companies alike.

And yet, many of those companies have not established an approach for managing and harnessing their open source dependencies.

We can help.

The Benefits of Open Source Software

As well as its transparent philosophy, open source software is collaboration-friendly and highly customisable, allowing users to create bespoke applications built on diversity and meritocracy.

Open Source Software enables organisations to:

  • Create better quality, more tailored and fit-for-purpose applications
  • Accelerate software delivery, drive innovation, and create differentiation in the market
  • Eliminate vendor lock-in, resulting in more cost-effective applications and greater agility
  • Provide greater transparency, fostering a culture of trust and openness
  • Improve collaboration, embrace diversity, and create a meritocratic development process
  • Increase security and reduce bugs and vulnerabilities due to greater visibility

Open Source for Commercial Applications

For these reasons, open source software is becoming an increasingly popular approach to software development for commercial applications. As customers demand even greater flexibility and organisations’ needs evolve to meet this, open source software presents a compelling and highly scalable solution.

Cian Ó Maidín,

Building digital capability, one step at a time

The world in which we live now, there’s this exponential demand and increase in the need for software and digital technologies, and there’s really only a linear growth in people who can actually do the work. So the solution to that is that you have more of these composable building blocks as pieces of open source that people can use to get the job done and build apps.

A new way of thinking about collaboration

This is a new way of thinking about collaboration. It’s not about owning all the source code and not giving it to anyone and charging the most money to everyone

Cian Ó Maidín, NearForm

Open Source Community

NearForm has deep roots in the open source community. We believe that open source technology has a key role to play in transforming the world we live in for the better, improving people’s lives and freeing up time to spend on the things that matter.

Accelerating transformation for 250+ enterprises

We empower organisations to evolve from heavily manual, in-person processes to ultra-convenient, scalable digital services. We have over 250 enterprise customers who are embracing the power of open source. As part of our refined process, we continually instil best practices and develop tools and technologies to accelerate transformation.

Software Development

Open Source Projects

Fastify is a fast, low-overhead web framework for Node.js.

Pino is the world’s fastest Node.js logger.

Node.js: NearForm is one of the most active Node Core committers.

Clinic.js is a performance diagnostic tool for Node.js.

IPFS: Security for Cloud, new cloud-native integrations, and the ability to search and replicate data across hybrid environments

Lyra is a fast, in-memory, typo-tolerant, full-text search engine written in TypeScript. The edge, full-text search engine.

Open Source Contributions

As NearForm has grown, we’ve scaled our contributions to the open source community to make it accessible for all. While our roots are in JavaScript contributions to the Node.js and React Native ecosystem, including the security ecosystem, we’re proud to make contributions to a wide range of open source projects used by thousands of companies worldwide.

NearForm is committed to catering to the vast, diverse and growing developer and end-user community through application development, sponsoring frameworks and libraries, and direct contributions. We’re also publicly recognised by the OpenJS Foundation for our endeavours.

In addition, NearForm organises NodeConf EU, the key Node.js event in Europe for the Node.js community. Our team members also regularly blog, live stream and deliver professional keynote presentations about our open source efforts.