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Open Source Simplified!

Open Source Simplified!

One of the first questions people want to know is “what is open source after all?”

Long story short, it is readily available software for use and research study and also offers enhancement opportunities.

This software is freely distributed by developers who have generally built it in a public, collaborative environment. You have full access to all of the code modules that would assist you in utilization and distribution of the software.
The next question that's most commonly asked is, "Are there hidden licensing issues?". Well, to keep it simple there are no licensing costs. BUT if you make enhancements and modifications to the software, you will need to distribute it under the same licensing terms as that of the original open source baseline software that you had used. Note that the majority of open source licensing standards have this requirement. Companies like Microsoft have come up with other alternative software licensing models that are called "Shared Source”. This simply means that the code would be available for viewing but cannot be legally altered or redistributed unless authorized.

If you prefer to get an in-depth understanding of open-source licensing requirements, check out the Open Source Initiative.

In terms of cost savings, you will be shocked to hear that software companies are currently incurring over USD $60 billion in losses due to rise in open source within the industry. At this rate it would be a huge challenge for software companies to sustain their business and compete with open source products out there in the market. Check out CNET for a their article on what the Standish report has to say.

If you need a better understanding on a specific area within Open Source solutions, feel free to reach us at social@opensutra.com.

Posted by Viktoria Sharikova