In the early days of computing, source code was the information about software that users would never see. Computer programmers would create and manipulate it until the software was ready for sale, when this code would be locked behind virtual doors to protect its creator’s intellectual property. However, with the rise of open source software, we’re seeing more programs released that share their source code with consumers.
Open source software opens up a world of possibilities for computer users. They can view the code and use it to further their understanding of coding practices. They can build on the programs, adding features that make them more functional and fixing elements that could work better. They can also share the source code with others.
That doesn’t mean absolutely anything goes with open source software. Users still need to accept license terms. However, these legal terms are typically far less restrictive than those placed on closed source software. Typically, open source software licenses state users can use the source code and software any way they wish. Some open source licenses state that if anyone releases a modified open source program, it must also be open source. Licenses also usually state whether a user can charge a license fee for a modified open source program.
Now that you know more about open source software, it’s time to delve a little deeper. Check out this helpful infographic which explains all the benefits of open source software. It also profiles Joomla and WordPress, some of the most popular open source programs available today.
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