Corporations and institutions - and even governments - often face restrictions in their computer programs and electronic systems, such as the failure of the systems to be interconnected in an optimal manner, or the steadily high costs of licenses and maintenance, in addition to security threats and vulnerabilities that do not find an immediate solution. Often the reason for these problems is that the software providers are the only ones that have access to the source code for those programs

Instead of accepting these axioms, many companies and government entities are already adopting and using open source software to get the tasks done efficiently, and most of the time, at no cost.

Open source software can be defined as computer programs that allow the source code to be displayed, published or modified without reference to the owner of the code under specific terms and conditions.

The goal of the "Masdar" platform

The purpose of "Masdar" is to provide an integrated platform for Saudi government agencies, public and private companies, universities and research institutions for open source software, and to suggest alternatives that suit their business, as other options for closed source software.

The platform offers the most popular alternatives, evaluated by the same audience, in addition to showing some of the characteristics and advantages of those alternatives and how to access its website. The platform also provides lists of companies that support open source technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and success stories of companies that adopt these technologies, in addition to other services.


Previous work in the open source field

The Saudi e-Government Program (Yesser) published in 1438 AH a set of reports on the level of companies 'and institutions' adoption of open source technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and presented some alternatives to commercial products and guidance in the field of adoption. These reports helped to raise public awareness of alternatives, generate greater interest in trying some of them, as well as lay the foundations for their serious adoption.

This platform seeks to build on the momentum generated by these reports in order to reinforce, standardize and simplify these recommendations and adopt these open source alternatives. It is hoped that this platform will provide the best balance between cost, performance, adoption, support, compatibility, features, ease of use, and other benefits of using open source software.