I‚Äôve been a fairly big proponent of open source software for some time.¬† For those of you not familiar with the open source movement, it‚Äôs the idea that many developers across the world, working together through peer reviews, can develop evolving, superior products.¬†
Open Source software are typically described as ‚Äúprojects,‚ÄĚ 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.¬† Open Source projects are typically labors of love for programmers.
You probably already use some open source products.¬† Firefox is extremely popular, in a large part because it is open source.¬† The reason there are so many cool add-ons and extensions for Firefox is because the source is ‚Äúopen‚ÄĚ to other developers to put together these cool tools.¬†
In contrast, Internet Explorer has little in the way of customization because Bill Gates et al don‚Äôt want anyone messing with their code.¬† The same rings true for WordPress -‚Äď lots of extensions/add-ons because it‚Äôs open source.¬† You‚Äôll notice that the larger a project is, the more stable the releases, and the more customizations that are available.¬† 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: It‚Äôs free! Continue reading this post