What is open source software? How to take advantage?
Open source software is software that allows everyone to view and change the source code in public. If the source cord cannot be viewed, it is called closed or proprietary.
The source code is the inner part of the software that users do not pay much attention to. The source code shows how the software works and how the features of the software work.
How do users benefit from open source software?
Open source software provides programmers with a platform to discuss how to develop and solve problems in software.
Programmers also study in depth what new technology to use in software and what new features to bring.
Since there are many programmers in open source software, problems are solved quickly, new features are made public regularly and the software runs smoothly.
Many programmers keep working to find errors in the code, so it works faster and more efficiently. Security updates come in handy faster than proprietary.
General Public License (GPL)
Most open source software uses one or more versions of the General Public License. GPL is like any photo in the public domain.
Public domain means anyone can come and modify the software. Similarly, someone can update the software and reuse it voluntarily.
GPL allows programmers to modify and update open source code. But whatever is modified in GPL, it is available to everyone. That is why GPL program cannot be modified and sold on its own.
Where does open source come from?
The term open source has come into the market after more people started not understanding it than free software. The term came into use officially after a special technology summit held in February 1988.
That same month, Eric Raymond and Bruce Pearns launched the Open Source Initiative, a non-profit organization. This organization was opened with the goal of promoting open source software. Technology enterprises also refer to projects and software programs that provide public access to open source code.
Proprietary software dominated the software market in the 80’s. The idea for open software began in 1985 when Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation (FSF). FSF has started a very large dimension for open source with the speed of open source software.
Open source software is a part of our lives
Open source software has become a part of our lives. You may be reading this article from your cellphone or laptop, and if so, you are now using open source technology. Both Android and iPhone operating systems were initially built using open source software.
Mozilla Firefox is also an open source web browser. Google Chrome is a modified version of the open source Chrome. The Internet is also the result of open source technology.