What is open source software and how to deal with it?

While many application creators keep their technology secret, open-source software ( OSS ) takes a completely opposite approach, encouraging cooperation and transparency, and here we monitor several important information about these programs and appropriate ways to deal with them and benefit from them.

What is open-source software?

Open-source software is non-proprietary software that allows anyone to modify, improve, or simply view the source code, and can enable programmers to work or collaborate on projects created by different teams, companies, and organizations. Creators of open source software do not view their creations as proprietary, and instead release their software under licenses that give users the desire and knowledge to view, copy, learn, modify and share their code.

How does open-source software work?

OSS is shared in a public repository, giving access to anyone who wants to work on the source code, however, open-source software tends to have a distribution license, which defines how people interact, modify, and share open-source software. Once changes are made to the source code, OSS must indicate those changes and the methods that were used to make those changes. Most open-source software is free, but some require upfront costs or subscription fees.

Examples of open-source software

There are many examples of open-source software available online, with many popular applications allowing improvements and modifications from users, although not all changes and improvements made by programmers are available to the general public, being able to work with these source codes can be Educational and fun for some.

  • LibreOffice

  • GNU/Linux

  • VLC Media Player

  • Mozilla Firefox

  • VNC

  • Apache web server

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