We're proud to participate in the Open Source community. We see our role as being a service company devoted to helping businesses learn about and use open source software.
Open Source changes many of the rules of business. Instead of being completely driven by revenue, Open Source software is often offered under what we call the "NPR model." Anybody can listen to public radio, but enough people have to pay in order for it to stay on the air.
Anybody can use Open Source software for free, but enough people have to contribute back to the community or it won't get developed. Giving back to the community is a key part of being a responsible part of the community.
At Freelock Computing, our employees are encouraged to contribute time to open source projects or charitable non-profits, and are paid up to 10% of their time working on a project of their choice. 10% of our profits are donated to open source projects. By choosing Freelock Computing for your solutions, you are supporting the continued development and enhancements of the larger Open Source community. We also make other contributions such as the Open Source Providers web site to the community.