How Open Source Technology Advantages Scores Over its Disadvantages

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In order to lessen the dependency of customers on closed source vendors, incredible “Open Source” system came into market. The system comprises of the source code that is open to the general public free of charge as a computer program for use and/or modification from its original designs.

“Open Source Code” is generated as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. The Open Source aims for better quality, more flexibility, high reliability, low cost and peer production.

Open source as a development model sponsors a universal access via free license to a product’s design or, blueprint and documentation through internet. This design/ blueprint and documentation are redistributed to the public for enhancements.

The Linux, Firefox, GIMP are some of the examples of Open Source software. The code of Linux is free to use, modify and reallocate. Android can be easily distinguished with Unity platform as Android’s source code is open to the public but not that of Unity as it has to be purchased with license.

Benefits

Low or Free of Cost

Open Source software is much cheaper as it is easily portable and does not require much investment for the use and modifications.

No dependency

Open source code is still available in the market even if the originating company ceases to exist. The open standards being used could be easily accessible and hence is available in compatible formats.

High Quality

Being continuously analyzed by large community of programmers, the open source code becomes less prone to the bugs leading in high quality, secure and stable product for efficient use. Likewise, when you utilize this sort of programming, the source code is accessible. Al the things make it to a great degree prevalent with associations.

No license

The open source code is available free of cost and user need not buy any license or anti-piracy measures for it as that of proprietary systems. Besides, these top of the line advances empower clients to coordinate and consolidate server, application, administration and workstation administration, which brings about productive organization.

Competitive Edge

A business sets benchmark only when it allows its data to be used effectively, viably and deliberately. Ordinarily open-source programming wipes out basic disturbances and impediments that standard programming presents, and hence takes into consideration better ease of use and a speedier moving organization generally.

Drawbacks

Less User-Friendly

One needs to learn a lot to use the system integrated with open source code. A thorough analysis and understanding of requirements is to be done before using the open source system.

No Free Support

There may be less backup in terms of support available when code fails or breaks – open source programming has a tendency to depend on its group of clients to react to and fix issue.

Higher Maintenance Cost

As the source code is openly accessible over the Internet, there will be more user recommendations for bug fixes and patches. This might lead to various patches, which makes source code less intuitive and conceivably raise structure quality issues. Eventually, any structure issue results in higher expenditure of upkeep.

Things to Consider

In light of the way it has been cooked, open source programming can require more specialized expertise than business restrictive frameworks, so you may need to put time and efforts into preparing people to the level expected to utilize it.

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About Author

Uschie works as an Associate Vice President in Seasia Infotech, a CMMi Level 5 certified software development organization in its office in Mohali, Punjab. She heads and manages the Mobile Solutions in the organization and is responsible for managing key accounts, designing & building the most suitable software solutions across various domains viz. e-Commerce, Education, Healthcare, Publishing, Retail, Manufacturing and more for clients across the globe.

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