Open Source Matters?

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is that software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.

Simply it states that you can get, modify and redistribute the code. It means there is no restriction on you to modify the existing code as per your need.

Many of use open source software such as Linux. It’s becoming increasingly clear that price is not the only advantage such software holds. Rather, free and open source software (FOSS) holds numerous other compelling advantages for businesses. Some of them even more valuable than the software’s low price. Let’s discuss one by one.

Security

There is no alternative for superior security to any software. According to that maxim,

 Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

What that means is that the more people who can see and test a set of code, the more likely any flaws will be caught and fixed quickly. It’s essentially the polar opposite of the “security through obscurity” argument used so often to justify the use of expensive proprietary products, in other words. Bugs in open source software also tend to get fixed immediately.

Quality

Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are countless developers and users working to improve the security of open source software, so are there just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.

Customizability

Along similar lines, business users can take a piece of open source software and tweak it to suit their needs. Since the code is open, it’s simply a matter of modifying it to add the functionality they want. Don’t try that with proprietary software!

Freedom

With FOSS, on the other hand, users are in control. To make their own decisions and to do what they want with the software. They also have a worldwide community of developers and users at their disposal for help with that.

Flexibility

Open source software, on the other hand, is typically much less resource-intensive, meaning that you can run it well even on older hardware. It’s up to you–not some vendor–to decide when it’s time to upgrade.

Interoperability

Open source software is much better at adhering to open standards than proprietary software is. If you value interoperability with other businesses, computers, and users, and don’t want to be limited by proprietary data formats, open source software is definitely the way to go.

Auditability

With closed source software, you have nothing but the vendor’s claims telling you that they’re keeping the software secure and adhering to standards, for example. It’s basically a leap of faith. The visibility of the code behind open source software, however, means you can see for yourself and be confident.

Support Options

Open source software is generally free, and so is a world of support through the vibrant communities surrounding each piece of software. Most every Linux distribution, for instance, has an online community with excellent documentation, forums, mailing lists, forges, wikis, newsgroups and even live support chat. There are paid support available on open source packages. They tend to be more responsive as support their way for revenue.

Open Source Software Examples
Open Source Software Examples

As far as our concern, till now we are working with various open source frameworks like Joomla, NodeJs, OpenCart, PythonClipBucket, LogicInvoice, Android, Ionic and much more. Cost, efforts, easy customization, and support are some of the reasons behind it. Thus we really happy to say that open source helped us lot as a business. We appreciate the FOSS and promotes it. So as per our understanding, Open Source Matters a lot. Be the part of at least one FOSS project and contribute back to the community you belongs too.

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