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Open Source and Why I Like It

This week, I thought that I’d talk about the concept of ‘open source’.  You’ve probably heard the phrase before but may not know exactly what it means so…

What does open source mean?

Open Source

Open source is a production and development philosophy that promotes open universal access to the source code of software.  It also encourages universal distribution of the source code and allows for improvements by anyone.  Any improvements can then be redistributed under the same open conditions.

Basically, open source is an alternative to the traditional model of proprietory software owned and sold by corporations.  Open source software is typically developed as a collaborative project in which developers can make improvements and then release them to the community.

I am, of course, oversimplifying but that’s the gist.

Here’s a list of a few things that are open source:

Benefits of open source software

Drawbacks of open source software


If you don’t get this comic, here’s an explanation

I guess the main reason I use open source software is that I like the philosophy behind it.  It just seems right to share  knowledge and expertise and help each other as a community.  Sharing is caring after all.

Open source software isn’t created for profit – it’s created for love.

And on that tree-hugging note, go forth and be wonderful.  Bye.

19th May 2013

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