- The logo of the Open Source Initiative.
Open source software is basically software that is free and built for almost every operating system. All open source software is available in source code so anyone can edit and distribute it. This doesn’t mean you need to be good with computer coding and programing just to use these pieces of software, you download, install, and use it just as a regular program that isn’t open source. Open source software is very often developed in a public and collaborative manner so everyone has a chance to contribute before it is released.
A report by Standish Group states that adoption of open-source software models has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers. This is because instead of purchasing software you can get an alternative that is legally free. This software might not be as great or as fast as the ‘popular version’ but your going to save alot of money. Next time you go out to buy ANY software, such as Microsoft office, VMware Fusion, Adobe Photoshop, etc. think about an open source version and figure out what route will get you better software and a better price. Some open source software has actually been said to be better then the retail alternative. Just remember to do your searching on the internet before you buy anything.