What still amazes me just how ignorant people are about Open Source especially software though I should not be surprised by this as the big Computer Corporations like Microsoft, Apple even Google would like this to continue as it protects their market.
Open Source is not a mystery as they would like users to believe nor is it substandard software any more compared to the equivalent commercial packages. If anything a lot of Open Source software is better written and more stable than their commercial counter parts especially in the web server and network solutions.
A definition of Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
But to users like myself it means we get access to software tools which would normally cost us money which we simply do not have.
Open Source may be free but it certainly does help people make money from it’s support and use in a commercial environment. It certainly shows free does not mean you cannot make money off it!
Currently the biggest use of Open Source software now is within the base infrastructure of the web itself as more and more companies use Apache Software to host their web sites to the most visible use on Tablets in the form of Android which is a modified Java on a Linux Core.
Strangely people now use Open Source software more and more without even knowing they are actually using it.
Personally I recommend people use Open Source software over the commercial versions were possible not because it is free but because due to the leap and bounds Open Source has made in recent years the quality and stability of Open Source software is starting to outstrip the more predestination commercial versions of the said same software.
Open Source is not a mystery but a quiet revolution for the users in so much we get the real tools to use our computers more effectively and innovate ways!
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