The OpenQuote software is open source, licensed using the Open Source Initiative approved GNU General Public License.
What is Open Source?
Most open source software does not cost money to use. Some programs charge subscriptions for support, documentation, or premium versions, but most are usable without paying a fee.
The name Open Source reflects a key principle of Open Source; the source code (program code) for the software is made freely available for anyone to look at, use, or contribute to.
Why should Open Source matter to insurance organisations? For the same reasons that it matters to all commercial organisations: because there is a solid business case for it - read the business case put forward by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) here.
More information from these on-line resources should prove useful:
Open Source Initiative
The OSI are the stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognised body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant.
The OSI is actively involved in Open Source community-building and education. OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages.
OpenQuote - Open Source Initiative Approved Open Source Software