4 Reasons Why Open Source Software

/ June 22, 2017/ Backend/ 2 comments

When we say open source software, it means that a programmer can alter it. Its design and source codes are available and accessible for revisions. Open source denotes open exchanges, collaboration, fast prototyping, transparency, and community-oriented development.

So why do people prefer open source software? Here are 4 reasons why:

Control

People can look at the source code to make sure that it’s doing what they want it to do and change the parts they don’t like. The software becomes customized to suit a particular need. The developer, the programmer, and even the end user, have control of the software itself. Open source also frees people from the limitations of lock-in features of proprietary software.

Training

People become better programmers because of open source software. Since the source codes are available to the public, it’s easier to study and learn how a software works. Since it is collaborative, each can learn from each other’s mistakes.

Security

People prefer open source software because it is more secure. This illustrates the “Linus’ Law,” named for Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. Linus’ Law states, “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” It means that the more people who can see and test a set of code, the more likely to detect flaws and fix it. Since anybody can view and change the source code, anyone can spot errors or omissions the original programmers might have missed. This is the reason why most open source software update and upgrade more.

Stability

People prefer open source software because they can be sure it won’t disappear or fall into disrepair if the original creators stop working on them.

Open source is not only a way to develop and license computer software, but also an attitude. It embraces the willingness to share and collaborate with transparency. It also commits anyone to play an active role in improving technology.

2 Comments

  1. I prefer open sourced software and OS for the reasons stated above and more. Ease of use, no worries on bloated functions. In other words, open sourced software gets the job done, no more, no less. From experience, a lot of the proprietary owned software becomes bloated because of constant updates and features that veer away from its original intent. Not so with open sourced software. 🙂

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