The Lino vision

Lino is designed from its beginnings to become a world-wide standard for developing sustainably free application. That’s a big vision.

Collaboration principles

We believe that the optimal environment for developing database applications is when both the users and the developers adhere to the following principles:

  • developing a website is a common work of both users and developers

  • both listen to each other carefully and speak openly

  • both feel co-responsible and do their best when facing challenges

  • both have equal voices when deciding about how to distribute effort and benefit

  • both want to share the fruit of their common work with other people, including future users and developers

  • every website needs maintenance and causes a never-ending work

Lino’s design goals

Applications made with Lino:

  • are intuitive to understand for the end user because the developers and the users communicate efficiently.

  • are quick to develop because Lino encourages agile programming, rapid prototyping and short release cycles.

  • are flexible to maintain because Lino uses modern technologies for testing and deployment.

  • are stable as rock once they satisfy your needs because there is no commercial pressure forcing you to upgrade.

  • are easy to share because Lino encourages a modular approach with libraries of highly reusable code.

Our ultimate vision

Our ultimate vision is that

  • Lino is a standard part of every public IT education programme.

  • Lino is a library of common knowledge about how business is being done efficiently

  • a majority of application developers uses the Lino framework

  • vendor lock-in is legally impossible: the provider isn’t tempted by it, and the user is not afraid of it

Our creed

We are motivated by a common belief:

  • The free world has already an operating system, an office suite, several good frameworks for developing web and desktop applications, and many other projects that are steadily gaining users.

  • But until now there is no sustainably free solution for developing customized database applications. The market for this business is dominated by a few proprietary giants.

  • We believe that the Lino framework has the potential of becoming a solution for this problem.

How Lino is different

Lino combines the advantages of do-it-yourself with those of outsourcing. Lino solutions are “better than MS-Access for cheaper than SAP”.

Lino is a proof of the concept that professional software development leads to better results when governed by a developer who fosters sharing. We want Lino to be available to everybody forever. We believe that the future belongs to Sustainably Free Software.

Lino makes vendor lock-in legally impossible because both the source code and documentation are published as Sustainably Free Software,

Public Money? Public Code!

The Lino vision can be seen as a proof of concept for the Public Money? Public Code! campaign led by the Free Software Foundation Europe.

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Lino extends that concept because we also target private corporations who adhere to the collaboration principles.