What is Open Source?

Today we answer Cecily’s question…What is Open Source?

Open Office
Open Source in Wikipedia

About Candy

My name is Candy and I own OffAssist. I've been a VA since February 2002 and work full time with my husband at it. We have been very successful and I am always being asked for just 2 minutes of my time. This is my way of giving everyone... "just 2 minutes of my time". Enjoy and please ask away!

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2 Responses to What is Open Source?

  1. Marian June 13, 2009 at 2:43 am #

    Free and Open Source can be the same… yet totally different.

    I hope this video embeds properly… if not you can view it at: http://blip.tv/play/gu9H6uV3jIMX%2Em4v

  2. JustinR June 13, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    Excellent video, Candy – Open Source is such a great subject, and there’s just so much to say about it.

    One thing I think many people miss about Open Source, just because it isn’t something they’re necessarily thinking about when they pick out a software package, is that unlike proprietary software, Open Source can be exactly what you want it to be. When you buy a package like Microsoft Office, what you get is what you get: if you don’t like the way it does something, or wish it did something it doesn’t, you’re out of luck, because the only way it’s going to do anything different is if Microsoft decides to do it.

    With Open Source, that isn’t the case – you have the source code right there, and you have a license that says you can can change it. Even if you aren’t a programmer yourself, you can easily hire someone, tell them what you want it to do, and they can make it happen. It might be an extension for Firefox or Thunderbird, or it might be a core feature for OpenOffice – whatever it is, you have the ability to make it happen. That puts the power over your software firmly in your hands.

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