What Is Open Source Software

Open source software (OSS) refers to software that is developed, tested, or improved through public collaboration and distributed with the idea that the must be shared with others, ensuring an open future collaboration.

The term “open source” refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly accessible.While it originated in the context of computer software development, today the term “open source” designates a set of values—what we call the open source way.

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What Is a Source Code

“Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a “program” or “application”—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.

Is open source software really “free”

If a program is open-source, its source code is freely available to its users. Its users – and anyone else – have the ability to take this source code, modify it, and distribute their own versions of the program. The users also have the ability to distribute as many copies of the original program as they want. Anyone can use the program for any purpose; there are no licensing fees or other restrictions on the software.

From business point of view

From a business user perspective, open source software works in much the same way as proprietary software systems provided by commercial software firms – the only difference being that generally you don’t pay for it.

Facts of Open source software

  1. They can be less “user-friendly” and not as easy to use because less attention is paid to developing the user interface.
  2. Open source software tends to rely on its community of users to respond to and fix problems.
  3. Although the open source software itself is mostly free, there may still be some indirect costs involved, such as paying for external support.

However in general, open source software gets closest to what users want because those users can have a hand in making it so. It’s not a matter of the vendor giving users what it thinks they want

Examples of open source software

  • Linux
  • GNOME
  • KDE .
  • Apache.
  • Firefox
  • Dovecot
  • Postfix
  • SquirrelMail
  • Thunderbird

Things to consider

Because of the way it has been developed, open source software can require more technical know-how than commercial proprietary systems, so you may need to put time and effort into training employees to the level required to use it. Because there is no requirement to create a commercial product that will sell and generate money,