For data center operators, open source software offers a number of advantages. It’s free, the code can be examined and modified, and if it’s a popular package then there may also be a large ecosystem of support forums, related tools, compatible software, and more.
Plus, according to the “many eyes” theory of security, there are so many people looking at the code — such as security professionals at the world’s biggest financial firms — that any problems can be quickly found and fixed.
And did I mention that it’s free?
No wonder much of the internet runs on open source software. Most websites are run on open source software, led by Apache and nginx, and the majority of enterprise servers run Linux.