Attractions and Challenges of Open Source
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Future Of Open Source Software
What can you say about the future of Open Source Software which in itself is the future of software world? Open Source has given all new directions to technology. The best part about this technology is that any brain from any part the world can contribute towards its enhancement, then how come that it would not be better than a software written by a limited group of people sitting in a company. Open Source is ought to be better than Closed Source as contributors from whole world are uniting together to make it work which leads to more and more innovation. Linux is one best example of open source software which has shattered the monopoly of Microsoft. According to latest statistics 850,000 Android mobile phones based on Linux are activated everyday as compared to only 30,000 Windows mobile phones, 9 out of 10 world's super computers run Linux, software giants like Google and other popular websites like Facebook and Twitter are all powered by Linux. Linux is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing as it is developed across the world. For more information about how quickly Linux is being developed and released, you can check a video here:
What makes Open Source Technology so attractive?
Challenges in Open Source Software
Licensing and Funding
An Open Source Software license sates that licensees have right to copy, modify and redistribute the source code. It also impose the obligations on the licensee for example distribution of modifications of code should be made available in source code form and many more.There are more than 1400 unique licenses for Open Source Software available. Some of the very popular open source licenses include GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License, MIT License, Mozilla Public License etc.
Various methods of funding the development of open source software have been evolved like a company can hire developers, software can be distributed as consulting project, research under university etc.
OpenSource Vs Freeware
Open Source Software is not always a Freeware. Free Software and Open Source Software are two different terms. Both Open and Closed Source Software can be available at no cost and hence be a freeware.
Despite of certain drawbacks or the heated debates over open source software, it continues to win the hearts of millions when it comes to computing. It is and will remain the future of software because of the revolution it has brought into not only technical but other industries too.