Open Source Software.
You’ve heard these words before, but do you know what they mean? Analogously, you can think of open source software as being like a machine with the parts exposed. For mechanical geeks, this is an ideal situation because you can watch and adjust how the machine functions. In the same way, open source software is a breed of software developed and used mostly by people who like to be able to ‘reach into the machine’ and customize it to their own preferences.
Politically speaking, open source software is bad news for the dominant software companies who like to keep their functions running behind closed doors. However, if you truly want to make your computer or website function in a way entirely customized to your preferences, you won’t be able to achieve this with anything you buy ‘over the counter.’
This is because open source software, in so many words, is ‘community based’ software. It has been programmed, tweaked and customized by people sharing the software within the open source community. For small businesses or companies looking to produce proprietary software and web systems, open source is affordable and easily adjustable to their individual preferences. In today’s constantly evolving technological world, it’s a wonder why people settle for anything less.
Having a reliable and easy to use open source system is also ideal for a website managing a lot of content. If you have a website, for example, with a need to make a large amount of data accessible in an intuitive and easy to navigate way, open source software is an ideal way to keep track of everything.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, open source software is cheap – and sometimes even free. That’s a deal you can’t beat.
Because open source software is dynamic, the use of the software always aids in its development. As an economic scheme, open source software is a perfect idea and ideal in practice.