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Future of Open Source
Future of Open Source – Raz Technology
Open Source is growing rapidly in recent times and has changed the way in which licensing costs, sharing and distributions of software programs are managed across the globe. To a large extent, open source offers the cheapest and most effective solutions for technology transfer in software programs towards researchers and students worldwide. Open Source offers software free of charge online, which includes source code and all the information which is needed to allow easy adaptability to specific user needs.
It is not an overstatement to say that open source is the future of technology, but, it has its own unique challenges. Here are what users, especially corporate users should consider choosing the software according to their business needs.
Open source is an engine of the evolution, as the community is spread across the world and everyone contributes constantly in real time scenario. There is an unprecedented possibility not only to detect bugs but fix them with amazing lightning speed.
With open source software, if the user wants to implement any of the changes, then they are encouraged to do so, not prevented from it. Their creativity power the improvements.
Open source software allows all the adaptions, modifications, and tweaks, to really make solutions that fit your business like a glove.
Many users still share the preconception that open source is something amateurish. According to this myth, young people develop open-source projects as their hobby, before they get enough skill to land a job in organizations that makes proper products or provide service.
Quality of the code
This is not some intrinsic characteristic of an open-source software but a logical approach. Since the code is visible to anyone. For software developers code is like a portfolio for designers. No one wants their name to be associated with bad or poor quality of work. Therefore, open source programmers strive to create easier-to-understand and cleaner piece of code. They do not have any sort of company guidelines to rely on and to cover for them, they have to make the quality assessment by themselves.
Flexibility, speed of development, principles of sharing and volunteering keeps open source on the leading edge of technology and wins new fans all across the globe. It gives users the power to be creative and more pro-active, and is the key to innovation.
Some of the open Source Software which are widely by SMEs nowadays are:
WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, which is as of now used by a staggering 202 million websites.
Magento, which is as of now used by 30,000 merchants, which even includes the Samsung, Nespresso and The North Face, is the world’s fastest growing e-commerce platform.
FileZilla is a hugely successful, cross-platform FTP client. It’s also available as a server, for Windows platform only. Created in January 2001 by Tim Klosse as a class project, FileZilla has gone on to become the 5th most popular download of all time from SourceForge.net.
The Apache HTTP Server is an effort to maintain and develop an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems which includes both the UNIX and Windows.