Open Source Software: Sharing the Love

Open Source Software

What is open source software?  Open source software is computer software that can be used and modified by the public at no charge.  It allows users to use, contribute and exchange products, information, creations and projects.

In addition, an open source code is, in computer lingo, software that can be enhanced, modified or changed by anyone at any time.  Simply put, this means that those who contribute can make the program better and can fix things that aren’t working too.  Some open source software offer open source codes and some do not.

Open source software has become very popular.  In fact, not only is the software a big hit, often times the site or sites that offer the software become more of a social gathering for sharing passions, projects and progress.

There are many advantages to using open source software.  The first plus is that they are free of charge.  Millions of dollars are spent on software programs every years so the fact that there are quality programs available for no charge is welcomed by the public.

When software is offered but does not include open source programing and coding, they generally place limitations of some form on the user.  They may request that the product of the program not be used for commercial use or other regulations and the user must sign the agreement before using it.

True open source programs allow the public to copy anything from the program and to share it, commercially or individually and to alter it, share it, etc.  Generally, an open source program will require the user to sign an agreement that they will allow others to use what they share on the site.

When a program is open source and open source in code as well is a popular concept for computer programmers as well as the average computer user.  It allows them to use a program in the way they wish to and to customize it according to their needs and likings.

Many also consider it to be more secure than regular programs are because they can actually examine and change the code to make sure it is not doing anything shady.  Regular software programs and sites can access your information remotely which may be in any location, even on the other side of the globe.  How scary is that?  When you are in control of your own programing and programing code, you are able to access the information and change it if you want.

Open source is used by lots of people.  Those who are specifically into a certain realm such as animators, enjoy the wide span of tools they can access while others, such as students, glean from the knowledge that is shared.  With open source software, there seems to be something for everyone.

With open source software has come the catch phrase “open source way” which refers to the community spirit of sharing, contributing and making the cause and the software sharing a better experience for all.  Open source shares the passion and shares the love…and it’s all done for free.