Hypernova Oy (Ltd) is a Finnish Free and Open-Source Software and Hardware support company providing cost-effective open-source services. Our mission is to advance freedom and transparency of our society with free and open-source software and hardware. Anyone has the right to use, modify and share freely licensed software and hardware. It promotes a transparent society, because unlike with closed-source (proprietary) systems, anyone has an opportunity and freedom to study the underlying mechanisms of the systems they use. With closed-source systems this is not possible – we must trust the system not doing anything unwanted like gathering data that could violate our privacy.
Public sector in particular has the responsibility of using and supporting free and open-source software and hardware projects because services are funded by tax payers whom in our mind have the right to study the systems they have paid for. We however recommend free and open-source to everyone including private organizations and users. Having the ability to study the software code eliminates the requirement of trusting into the harmlessness of closed-source products.
Cost-effective open-source services
Free and open-source software and hardware services often come with the benefit of no license fees. Support companies like Hypernova instead provide various expert level support services from hosting and monitoring systems to making both small and big software and hardware changes.
Relying also highly on automation, we are able to provide cost-effective open-source services. Our organization is almost completely digitalized and we strive for environment friendly paperless office. Our employees work remote at any location of their choice.
Because there are usually no license fees, funding and resources of an open-source project often become a problem. There are many ways to contribute.
How we contribute
Free and open-source projects are often based on open and public communities and there are many ways to contribute. These communities share professional skill, knowledge and innovative ideas for the benefit of all. Hypernova participates by publishing new free and open-source software, making and reviewing software changes to existing software, providing translations and helping other members of the communities.
You can also participate with the best of your abilities. The good thing is you don’t even need to know how to write any software code. Although not required we still recommend our clients to get involved in open-source communities. This can be anywhere from making public bug reports to new feature requests or answering questions in chats and public email lists. This way members of the community help each other and you don’t necessarily always need to pay a support company for everything that you need, although with us that is of course also an option.
If contributing however is something you find interesting, we will gladly help you.
We are a member of non-profit association COSS – the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions. It promotes open source, open data, open standards and APIs. Internationally COSS is known as one of the oldest and most active centres for openness.1
As most our projects, this site is also available on GitHub for anyone to view, copy and modify.
If you have any questions or need help with anything related to free and open-source software and hardware, please contact us.
1 https://coss.fi/en/ – About COSS – COSS.fi