It's about freedom. Source code defines how a software application works. Free and open source software is code licensed to allow you to copy it, change it and study it as much as you like, which means you never have to depend on one person or supplier to make sure the software does exactly what you want to do with it. You get freedom from licence fees, freedom from vendor capture and, most importantly, freedom to innovate.
What is open source?
Open source is the way in which code is created, shared, and improved around the world.
Some of the most familiar technology companies are built using open source. Mozilla Firefox, Linux, Wikipedia, Moodle, Redhat, Facebook and Google all operate either wholly or partially on this business model.
Open Source Academy
The Academy is a Catalyst initiative designed to provide training and work experience for young New Zealand technologists. We run the two-week Open Source Academy in January each year and a three-day Arduino Academy in the July holidays.Learn more about why Open Source Academy
From Drupal and Moodle, right through to a Git versioning system and Perl modules on CPAN, we contribute back to over 175 community open source projects. This list is in order of size of contribution.Learn more about our project contributions
Our role in open source
Established in 1997, Catalyst now has the largest concentration of free open source expertise in New Zealand.
This means we can help your organisation get the very best out of your investment in open source and help manage your long-term interest in the products you use.Read more about our role in open source
Catalyst works with a number of organisations to deliver quality open source services and solutions around the globe and is a member of several key industry bodies.Learn more about our industry partners
We encourage our staff to contribute to all aspects of the open source community.
Select the link to see staff contributions.Learn more about staff contributions