Monday, July 6, 2009

The benefits of open source software...

In computing open source software means the source code of the software is available to anyone for free...You have the right to distribute, modify and proliferate your modified software without any charge...

One famous license to distribute open source software is the GNU Public License ( GPL for short )...The current draft of this license was made public in 1991...This license gives the user of open source software full grants with the exception of trade marks...

Some of the open source software's available today include PHP, Mozilla Fire Fox, Linux and several versions of Unix, BSD and OpenSolaris.

The fact that open source software is free without any costs means it would be a better alternative than proprietary software...It reduces cost and the fact that open source communities develop this software, it is more functional than proprietary software.

Another benefit is you can modify the source code and adapt it to your requirements.

Start up companies can really can afford to use and benefit from open source software like Apache HTTP server and PHP and Debian GNU Linux ( I am referring to hosting web sites or creating an intranet based site )...

I have little experience in using Ubuntu Linux ( I installed it to my computer and used it for some time )...It is cool and it comes with several free licenses...You can order a free CD of Ubuntu Linux at www.ubuntu.com

One should note that the great majority of software is written to Windows...Some of these are open source whilst others are proprietary EULA ( End User License Agreement ) software...

If you want a compatible alternative to Microsoft Office there is OpenOffice by Sun Microsystems which is open source...

Infact there is always one alterantive open source software to proprietary software...

So the benefits of using opens source software is much greater than using proprietary software...

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