Open source software is defined as computer software in which the user can modify the program they are using. This is possible due to a software license, rather than having a copyright on the software, which would prevent changes from being made.
Allows the user to modify the software as they please Many programs are free to the user Programs are made widely available More secure than closed source versions of programs A lot of support can be offered to the user More reliable
Bugs don’t always get fixed There are many versions of the same application Easier for hackers to access codes Not the best option for businesses Not all products are well supported
Most people generally feel that the prosoutweigh the cons when it comes to Open Source Software. The fact that it can bemanipulated by the user and the fact thatprograms are widely available and usually free is also appealing to many.
There are many Open Source Software programs which act as alternatives to copyright software. Here are a few: GIMP is an alternative to Photoshop Xubuntu is an alternative to Dreamweaver Open Office is an alternative to Microsoft Office Rhythmbox is an alternative to iTunes
All in all, Open Source Software is a great option for many people looking to manage and manipulate programs. They can easilyaccess many secure programs on the internetand will likely be pleased with the outcome.
Rachael MacLellan Judique C@P Site, ICCNS*all information found on the SYI website