Open Source: What It Means and To Whom?

The simplest possible definition for Open Source is probably,

The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

As given in by OpenSource.com.

In terms of real world example, you can think of a mechanical engineer having free access to both the blueprint as well access to the whole structure and build of the car. You can build up the car according to your individual requirements as well bringing up design changes that you think can improve the overall design. You also have the opportunity to fix up any errors in the overall performance.

This video also gives an interesting example of Open Source Development.

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The survey reports that 78 percent of its respondents are now running their businesses with open source software, and two-thirds are building software for their customers that’s based on open source software. More significant, the percentage of respondents actually participating in open source projects has increased from 50 percent to 64 percent, and 88 percent say they expect to contribute to projects within the next three years.

The above facts and figures as presented on infoworld.com tell the story about the rise and rise of Open Source Software.

THE PEOPLE BEING AFFECTED AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM

  1. First-Timers and Beginning Developers
  2. Companies
  3. Seasoned Developers
  4. The general massIt seems that Open Source is something that is not only going to gain importance in the future but can add value to work in terms of functionality, individual capability,  as well as monetary benefits. With contribution and co-operation being the dominant theme it is definitely something for you to explore. Here is how you can as a new developer.
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