We're advocates of the benefits open source technology can deliver to our clients. Open source means freedom from licence fees, freedom from vendor lock-in and, most importantly, freedom to innovate.
What is open source?
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. You get freedom from licence fees, freedom from vendor capture and, most importantly, freedom to innovate.
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.
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.
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.
Our Role and Contribution in Open Source
Catalyst has a long-held commitment to free and open standards and technologies. We have established an impressive track record for successfully delivering, hosting and maintaining large-scale systems using open source technology for clients across the globe. We show our commitment to open technology through regular code contributions to a number of open source projects, such as Moodle, Drupal, Perl, Kannel, Lucene, PostgreSQL, Koha, Debian, PHP and Git; hosting the New Zealand Linux Kernel and Debian mirrors; being an affiliate member of the Debian and Ubuntu projects; and research and development, and product development exclusively on open source technologies. We host local user groups and organise the New Zealand Open Source Awards to recognise the success of open source software in this country.
Open Source Consulting
If you are considering free and open source technologies for your next project, talk to us first. We can advise on best-of-breed products, integration with established systems, and strategies for successfully implementing and maintaining these solutions for your organisation. Industry Partners Catalyst works with a number of organisations to deliver expert open source services and solutions around the globe and is a member of several key industry bodies.