Open source software (OSS) provides complete freedom for users. If your open source software is missing a feature or functionality, businesses can easily extend the application to better fit their needs. You are not restricted to your vendors roadmap or locked into a particular vendor. You have the freedom of choice without license restrictions.
Another benefit to OSS is that interoperability with other applications is easier to achieve. Building this bridge between different solutions, empowers Users to integrate across applications seamlessly.
The total cost of ownership for open source products is significantly less than their proprietary counterparts. Their permissive licenses mean that anyone can download the source code and get started right away. Expenses for customisation, support training and other professional services should be considered, but these are optional and the skills sets are usually commonly found. With the removal of costly license fees your operating expenditure will be greatly reduced.
Open access to knowledge fuels innovation. When you download OSS you become part of a community which values sharing knowledge and are passionate about building solutions to problems. Access to such forward thinking and innovative minds comes at no extra cost. Through participation and contributing back to projects, you in turn help to keep up the momentum. This doesn’t mean that you need to start learning how to code though, contributions can be simple such as reporting bugs or implementing documentation.
Open source produces better quality software than proprietary solutions and promotes a more transparent way of working. “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” is its well-known mantra and highlights one of the software’s key strengths. The nature of open source code means that it can be improved on by anyone and the quality of the code can be reviewed by the community.
If a bug is found to exist, it is efficiently diagnosed, triaged and resolved by the community, all within a relatively short time frame. Proprietary software differs in this regard as access to code is limited to very few. It relies on code remaining ‘hidden’ not only to malicious individuals but also yourself. There is little to no transparency around flaws or bugs.
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