It was way back the 50’s and 60′s where software was free of charge and available for everyone to use. This was done to enhance the functionality of the hardware or to promote the hardware. Not everyone had computers back then and not everyone knew how to use it. The free software was more of a promotional strategy to encourage people to get involved with computers and even use computers in their business. However, as the operating system and compilers began to grow rapidly, software companies began charging for what used to be free for all. With the increase in software demand came the costly software and computer users were forced into buying software with several legal restrictions including copyright, trademark and leasing contracts. Open source development came into the scene around 1984 and 1985 when Stallman started the GNU project with an ultimate goal of getting the operating system developed and edited by genius developers without the expensive licensing issue and source code restrictions. The development of open source did not only limit for operating system but later involved the other areas of computing.
The concept of Open Source is familiar to computer users as “free”, but this is free in a sense that you do not pay for anything to be able to use and modify the software. Open source applications cost minimal, but for the small price you pay comes the liberty that you can do practically anything with these codes. Using open source is great for companies, enterprises and organizations that do not have money to pay high-end software. However, you will not be disappointed by all the possible things you can do with the codes. The customization of such software is not very advantageous for proprietary software owners due to its lower cost of development, support and license. Some people think that “free” things are not of good quality, but this is not true for open source because there is a wide scope for open source development and integration, as the huge communities and developers with better skills back the technology. Community members and moderators help each other in finding solutions that are faster and scalable as compared to their proprietary counterparts. Furthermore, these solutions offer more stability as they can be freely changed with time and according to the usability.
At present, many companies are choosing open source development because they are safer and hassle-free. Some paid software is not only expensive but complicated as well. Going for open source would save your company money and gives you stability since the software remains strong and the development never stops. To date, no software has been developed to be resistant to all threats, but the open source community makes sure that the threats are identified and gets fixed as soon as possible.
Opting for open source development is probably one of the best decisions that you could do for you business, especially if want to see your business growing quickly and steadily.