“Open-source software (OSS) is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.”
I’ve embraced the open source way back in 2005/6, when I decided to give this new Linux operating system a go. It was at the beginning a distro called Knoppix because the only one which could run live from a CD/DVD. This was a innovation because it could be tried without touching the OS on the main hard drive. Than it came UBUNTU, now probably the most famous of the Linux based OS which starts to appear even on mainstream personal PC and laptops from the major retailers in the UK. The philosophy behind the Open Source relies on a few things:
- it’s FREE. Not like many other software, you don’t have to pay for it;
- It’s OPEN. This means the developers keep the source code clear and open to others to modify and improve;
- It’s GREAT. Most of the Open Source software has big communities of passionate developers which create other software ad HOC to improve the original one.
Along this time I have made use of Open Source software from operating systems to power my PC, laptops and home servers, to dedicated applications which manage home network, CCTV systems, satellite TV receivers, and many other I cannot recall right now. Just think this very website is running on a UBUNTU server built on purpose and located in my premises. This avoids spending money for a hosting server for example. Also my CCTV is run on-site, which means the data it records remains in my possession all the times, and does not get passed to any third party, and it got installed for free on an old , low spec computer, otherwise heading to the recycling centre.
It is for this reason that I have never engaged with systems like Apple which keeps you locked onto their “microcosm” for ever. Most of you may disagree with this but it’s a way of life. Open Source is a way of life. Long live to the Open Source.
And never forget to help developers who spend their time making software which makes our lives simpler and better with donations.