“Open source” means software whose code is publicly released by independent companies and small volunteer groups. Its advantage is that the software is developed by many experts, frequently tested for flaws, and free. One disadvantage is that this software tends to need more sophisticated technical equipment and know-how to use.
The term ‘open source’ originated in the worlds of intelligence and journalism, and credited to a source of information that is publicly available. Open source is sometimes confused with open content or free content. Open content refers to content that can be edited, changed and added to by any reader. Wikipedia is an example of an online open content encyclopedia. Open source is used today in various contexts which take it far beyond its application in software.
Open Source is somewhat misleading, but it basically refers to the source code and the ability to modify the source code of the application or reuse it in different ways. But not all open source is open. Many times the license can be restrictive, in that the code can be used only in non-commercial uses or there may be other disclaimers on it’s use.
Many companies are afraid to use open source code in their applications, because they are afraid it will compromise their software or the whole application. But careful review of the licenses will usually mitigate any potential issues.
Many users of the Internet aren’t exactly sure of what open-source software is, but it is becoming more and more popular on the Internet these days. Basically, open-source software is software that has less restrictions on how it can be used. Developers are attracted to open-source software because the users are given the rights to use it freely.
The code is readily available for modification and improvement in open-source software. This kind of software is popular because the user is allowed to modify the coding, which allows the software to evolve and improve. Since the code is readily available, the users can change the format of the software so that it can work on multiple platforms.
Open-source software that is edited can be readily distributed on the web. The right to change and edit the code is why open-source software is so important. The right to redistribute the edited code is also popular. It allows many different users to work on a single project, polishing and editing the original copy and the users are allowed to redistribute the improved software that they have tinkered with around the web.
Programmers and users alike are attracted to open source software since it can be used in any way possible. The last, and probably the most important, reason that web developers are so attracted to open-source software is because they have the right to use it as they please. Programmers are allowed to practice on and customize open source software, attracting more users and making the software more popular.
The open source community is an incredible group. You can develop a project, learn a ton and get a lot of great help on our project. There are a lot of good opens source project management packages out there and many code repositories to store your project. Don’t be afraid to venture out in to the world of open source software.