January 12nd  2021 - Guides

Why choose open source?

Aqua Ray specializes in the design and maintenance of platforms based on its own infrastructure and designed to host critical Web services, in particular relying on Linux systems and open source applications.

Aqua Ray specializes in the design and maintenance of platforms based on its own infrastructure and designed to host critical Web services, in particular relying on Linux systems and open source applications.

What is Open Source?

The term open source is a designation that applies to different software that has open source code and most often a open source license. This means that anyone can have access to this source code, control it by studying how it works and possibly modify it at will.

The term open source is a designation that applies to different software that has open source code and most often a open source license. This means that anyone can have access to this source code, control it by studying how it works and possibly modify it at will.

What are the advantages of open source?

  • Security and Trust: open source code brings several advantages. A security flaw can be easily discovered and fixed by the entire developer community. It is also much more difficult to place hidden functions for malicious data exploitation or espionage, which would be quickly discovered by this same global community, which is by definition independent.
  • Independence and Sustainability: open source software develops thanks to contributors who can be anyone. Usually for market-leading solutions, one or more large associations or companies financially support the updates of the software concerned. The more a solution is used, the more contributors with different interests on an open source solution, and the more the durability of the solution is ensured. It is impossible for a single company to unilaterally decide to abandon an open source software or to modify its licensing rules. The torch can be taken up by anyone to pursue development in the spirit of open source software.
  • Quality improvement and customization: since everyone can access the entire source code, potential errors are corrected more quickly. Especially if a feature or a bug concerns a specific need, it is always possible to correct or implement it by oneself. There is no more efficient solution.
  • Cost reduction: Open source software is often distributed for free under an open source license. While it is often possible to combine them with paid support services to meet the requirements of companies, this is never mandatory.

Open source solutions used to provide web services to our customers

Open source software allowing us to ensure the Web service of our customers
  • XCP-ng, a complete turnkey virtualization solution;
  • Debian Linux, operating system and free software distribution;
  • HAProxy, load balancing software;
  • Apache, HTTP server;
  • XenOrchestra, a virtualization infrastructure management tool;
  • Rtg, for monitoring network equipment.

Open source solutions used internally

Open source software
  • Debian Linux, operating system and free software distribution;
  • Debian Linux, for the monitoring of our services;
  • Nextcloud, for file sharing in the cloud equivalent to Dropbox;
  • BigBlueButton, for the organization of videoconferences equivalent to Zoom;
  • Zulip, instant messaging equivalent to Slack;
  • LaTex, a document composition system;
  • LibreOffice, the open source equivalent of Microsoft Office;
  • GIMP, photo editor equivalent to Adobe Photoshop;
  • Mediawiki, documentation software;
  • MailTrain, mailing solution equivalent to Mailchimp.

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