Iâ€™ve been a fairly big proponent of open source software for some time.Â For those of you not familiar with the open source movement, itâ€™s the idea that many developers across the world, working together through peer reviews, can develop evolving, superior products.Â
Open Source software are typically described as â€śprojects,â€ť rather than products, as there are typically many more releases/revisions than commercially driven products, and there are many more collaborators, who often contribute a small amount of their time.Â Open Source projects are typically labors of love for programmers.
You probably already use some open source products.Â Firefox is extremely popular, in a large part because it is open source.Â The reason there are so many cool add-ons and extensions for Firefox is because the source is â€śopenâ€ť to other developers to put together these cool tools.Â
In contrast, Internet Explorer has little in the way of customization because Bill Gates et al donâ€™t want anyone messing with their code.Â The same rings true for WordPress -â€“ lots of extensions/add-ons because itâ€™s open source.Â Youâ€™ll notice that the larger a project is, the more stable the releases, and the more customizations that are available.Â Be careful of really small projects unless you like tinkering and are ready to invest some time.
One of the most attractive aspects of open source is the price: Itâ€™s free! Continue reading this post