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Gruff Goat relies extensively and supports fully open source software.

Database and logic

Gruff Goat uses MySQL, the world's most popular open source database, recognized for its speed and reliability.

For logic we use PHP, a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development.

Gruff Goat also uses Tomcat for Java Server Page deployment.

Mailing lists

Majordomo managed email lists are a part of Gruff Goat web hosting services. Majordomo automates the management of Internet mailing lists. Commands are sent to Majordomo via email to handle all aspects of list maintenance. Once a list is set up, virtually all operations can be performed remotely by email, requiring no intervention upon the postmaster of the list site.

 

Q: What is Open Source?

A: Open source is a model of software distribution that allows anyone to use the software for free as well as read and modify the program's source code. Because anyone can modify the source code, bug fixes and other improvements occur rapidly. The open source movement has lead to the development of high quality, free software such as the Linux operating system, the Apache webserver, the MySQL database server, and the PERL scripting language. Opensource.org has a more complete definition.

There are a number of different licenses that may be considered open source. The most common licenses are the GNU GPL and the BSD license.

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