Open Source is good for business, 10 points explanation

With many companies and governmental organizations that are now using open source software such as Linux, it is becoming clear that the price is not the only benefit of this type of software to have. If it were, businesses, during the Great Recession certainly have returned to their own expensive stuff when circumstances began to relieve, and it clearly is not.


On the other hand, free and open source software (FOSS) has a number of other convincing benefits for companies, some of them even more than worth the low price of the software. Need some examples? Let us begin to fall.

1. Security

It is hard to think of a better demonstration to the remarkable security of open source software as a recent innovation by Coverity various bugs Android kernel. What is so encouraging about this discovery, as I said the other day that the only reason it was possible that the core code is open to the public.

Android cannot fully open source, but the example is still a perfect example of what is called “Linus’ Law” named after Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. This maxim, “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”This means that the more people who can see and test a set of the code, the more likely all errors caught and fixed quickly., It’s actually the opposite of “security through obscurity” dispute used so often too expensive proprietary products, In other words, to validate.

Is the absence of errors, iPhone or Windows code means that the products are safe? Far from it – on the contrary, one could even say.

This means that these products have captured the publicity, so nobody outside the companies that own them a clue how many bugs they contain. And is in no way limited set of developers and testers that these companies are able to sell their products, but also the international community constantly looking for FOSS can test.

Bugs open source software also tend to be corrected immediately, such as the Linux kernel exploits not revealed long ago.

In my world? Not so much. For example, we typically take weeks, if not months patch vulnerabilities, such as the recently discovered Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability. Congratulations to all the companies that use it in the meantime.

2. Quality


Which is more likely to be better: a software package created by a handful of developers, or a software package created by thousands of developers? Just as there are numerous developers and users working to ensure the security of open source software to improve, so there are just as many innovative new features and enhancements to these products.

In general, open source software is essentially what the users want, because these users a hand to do that. It is not a question of the seller to give users what they think they want to give – users and developers to do what they want, and they do it well. At least one recent study has shown, in fact, that technical superiority is usually the main reason companies opt for open source software.

3. Customizability


Along the same lines, business users can take a piece of open source software and tweak it needs. Because the code is open, it’s just a matter of changing it to add the functionality they want. Do not try the free software!

4. Freedom

Flying Butterfly Freedom

When companies are turning to open source software, they liberate themselves serious correspondents that the effort of the users themselves packages. Customers such suppliers are at the mercy of the vision of the supplier, requirements, lecture notes, prices, priorities and timetable, and that limits what they can to pay for the products they make.

With FOSS, on the other hand, users are able to make their own decisions and what they want to do the software. They also have a global developer and user to access help from the.

5. Flexibility


When a company is free software, such as Microsoft Windows and Office, you’re on a treadmill that requires you to update the software and hardware forever. Open source software, on the other hand, is usually much less resource-intensive, which means that you can use as well, although the older machine. It’s you – not a salesperson – to decide when it is time to upgrade.

6. Interoperability


Open-source softwares are much better caught on open standards over proprietary software. If you value interoperability with other companies, computers and users, and do not want to limit their own file formats, open source software is definitely the way to go.

7. Verifiability


With closed source software, you have nothing, but the seller claims to tell them the software to keep safe and stick to the standards, for example. It is actually a leap of faith. Visibility of the code behind the open-source software, but means that you see yourself and trust.

8. Support Options


Open source software is usually free, and so is the world support the vibrant communities around each piece of software. Most every Linux distribution, for example, is an online community an excellent documentation, forums, mailing lists, forges, wikis, newsgroups, and even live chat.

Companies that want extra security, there are now paid support options in most open source packages at prices still far below what most vendors of his own load. Providers of commercial support for open source software tends to be more responsive to, because the subsidy is where their income oriented.

9. Price


Between the cost of the software itself, high cost of compulsory protection against viruses, support costs, running costs and upgrade costs is locked, proprietary software costs more out of your business then you probably will not notice, even. And what? You can get a better quality at a fraction of the price.

10. Try before you buy


If you are considering the use of open source software, it will usually cost you nothing to try it out first. This is partly due to the software free of cost, and there are some Live CDs and Live USB drives for many Linux distributions, for example. No commitment required until you are sure.

None of this is, of course, that companies should be able to use the open-source software for everything. But a number of advantages, you remiss not to seriously consider it.





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