Open Source Wake Up
February 28, 2011
“What’s the Deal with Open Source” gives a basic overview of what open source software is and the different ways it can be used and modified. The article repudiates the fear that open source software is lower quality:
People also often see open source endeavors as being run by a few unkempt coders in their parents’ basements on a budget of nothing, updating when they get a chance (if ever). While many open source projects are run by less than a handful of contributors, larger open source systems like the Mozilla Foundation and the several Linux distributions clearly show that the system can work on a large-scale as well.
With millions of people using open browsers like Chrome and Firefox, everyday Web users are comfortable with open source technology.
One key point is that the main advantage of open source for a user: it’s free and can be extended without getting tangled in some of the restrictions placed on proprietary software.
Our view is that open source, the notion of “free” may not be free like beer but more like free kittens. However, with competent programmers on hand, open source software can be useful for the certain organizations.
Alice Wasielewski, February 28, 2011