Advantages & Disadvantages of Open Source Software

The code of open source softwares is easily available to inspect and modify as required. Increasing number of vendors will be contributing to open source software on account of increasing demand for open source.

The Future of Open Source Software | HiTechNectar
Published By - Kelsey Taylor

Open Source is the term that refers to a software which is freely accessible for the public to study, modify and share. This term is often in use even outside the Tech boundaries.

The Future of Open Source Software Is Quiet Bright.

One of the many reasons is the cost and inability to customise or fix a problem in Proprietary software. Open Source to becoming a proven alternative in a variety of sectors and is moving up faster than a speeding bullet. Open source has always been a significant driver of innovation.

Google issues the source code for Android through the “Android Open Source Project”, permitting developers and end users to program and hand-out their versions of the operating system. However, every modified version is not compatible with the apps for Google’s official releases of Android.

Over the past few years the list has expanded to the field of cloud computing, AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet Of Things) and even to many marketing software projects. Even in computing’s early days, developers & programmers used to share software. It was so to learn from each other and evolve the arena of computing. Open source software (OSS) is a prominent example of open collaboration.

Advantages of Open Source Software-

Open Source is mostly free of cost and is relatively easy to port and compress. It takes lesser hardware power to perform in comparison. Yes, Open source Softwares are cheap but still are high-quality software.

No proprietary lock-in or Vendor lock-in. Proprietaries have lack of portability, high license fees and un-customizable software. OSS generally have some simple licensing to do. You are free to install it as many times you want and from any location

Open source software is just as secure as the proprietary solutions and yet easily scalable. Moreover, they are well-designed and can be easily used for coding purposes.

OSS uses technologies, like the Common Information Model and WBEM. These high-end techs enable you to integrate, servers, applications, workstations and services. This results in better administration and management.

Negative Facts on Open Source-

Although in lower costs, OSS may have some plausible charges for any specific proprietary counterparts inside. So, there can be a payment to be done, like in-app purchases.

Furthermore, most of the time there are no support packages in most of the free software, you will have to find some options and remunerate for third-party support services.

The Open-source, while is free to use, copy and share software like Linux needs some training and learnings to do. So you may need to pay a trained person for that. They also vary in compatibility. Hence they both;  proprietary software and open source, need a compatibility analysis of all the other software. This all while keeping the developments on the OSS in mind. Thus, creates confusion over the functionalities and versions of various software and technologies.

The proliferation of open-source licenses is another negative aspect of the open-source movement because it is often hard to understand the legal implications of the dissimilarities and contradictions between permits.

There have been multiple instances relating to the abuse of Open-source use. In one such case, a federal court came into conclusion that an open-source license is a contract enforceable.

Popular Open Source Software list include OSS in Business Intelligence like Jaspersoft, MySQL, Pentaho, MongoDB, Hive, RapidAnalytics. For Windows 10; Juice, VLC, Filezilla, GIMP, LibreOffice, Notpead++. Moreover, for Popular SMB Softwares we have GnuCash, LedgerSMB, Amanda. Browsers like Firefox and Chromium are also OSS.

SugarCRM,  ConcourseSuite replaces SalesForce for marketing, lead generation purpose, customer service and enterprise documentation purposes. Operating Systems like Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, Ubuntu easily replace Windows. BlueGriffon and Kompozer are some excellent substitutes for Adobe Dreamweaver.

Other open source software examples include OpenStack, XaaS, PWA. There is Rust for better security and presents an effective alternative to languages like Python and C to write secure codes without giving up expressiveness.

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Kelsey manages Marketing and Operations at HiTechNectar since 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management. A tech fanatic and an author at HiTechNectar, Kelsey covers a wide array of topics including the latest IT trends, events and more. Cloud computing, marketing, data analytics and IoT are some of the subjects that she likes to write about.

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