What is Open Source Software?

What is Open Source Software?

When most users download any software program (iTunes), they download an installer file – which helps you to unpack your program and work on your system. And for this reason, users run any software executable file (usually .exe file) by clicking on any program in their system. But these executable files are made up of thousands of lines of source code.

As you can see in the above picture, it is a source code written in Python Language. Seeing these codes with a simple eye, the head disappears. Because these are boring, confusing, and uncomfortable at seeing them. However, there are many command lines and statements in the source code that follow the installer when installing the software. Once you have created this installer file using these source code, you will no longer need to know or view the source code.

So when you download iTunes and try to install it, there is no need to know your iTunes source code. You use the direct product directly, you may not have been able to make the software that you created, what code did you create. You just install it on your system with just a few clicks and think that everything is fine.

But open source software is open when the source code is also open. Often open-source software developers open the software by executing the source code and then open it, and many times just open the source code, which a user has to make the final product.

In a word, “Open Source Software”, where the source code of the software is open to all (public) and other software source code closed (private). So open-source software is nothing free to say. Yes maybe you see much software free, but it’s a very small number. Not only open-source, the private software can also be free. If you want, then open-source software developers will write a detailed article about how to make money.


Why Use Open Source Software?

Imagine an engineer built a house and advertised to sell it. You bought the house and saw that ad. After buying the house you started using it properly. You are using all the rooms, using all the switches, using all the bathrooms, etc. Now think of a sudden electricity line of the house or the water pipe bursts from where the water started emitting. But what would you do? You can not fix it yourself-you do not know about the electrical line of your house, nor is there any way in which a water tube has been taken.

Likewise, when you install any software on your system, you have no knowledge about its source code and you can access those codes if you want. Just as your home system and the Electricity line help to run your home water and electricity (if you do not know how to line it in any way), similarly, any software will do its job without giving you any information about how it works. But now think, if there is a deadly security error or bug in the software?

To fix the house water tube or electricity you have to wait for a contractor or electrician or plumber, so if there is a problem with any software, then wait until the developer opens the new version.

You might say, why, there are many people who fix their home problems themselves. Yes, you are right, but it will be possible only when your home engineer gives you the blueprint of your home. Using BluePrints, you can easily understand that no one or a house in your house has gone through. And the only thing in this thing is open source software – they provide you the source code of the software, so that you understand the software work, and do whatever you want with just about any problem.


Advantage of open source software:

  1. Open-source helps create community:

When a source code is released as public, then any developer or programmer can acquire knowledge about that software. This acquired knowledge can enhance their programming skills. As it is in the library, there are several books written in a variety of ways on the same subject, so that it is possible to explore the subject better. When working with open-source, it is possible to create something completely new with its own talent, hard work, and creativity and with the help of everyone.

2. It is quick to help:

Ownership If any errors are found in software or close software, users will have to wait until the software company opens a new version to fix it, and it often lasts a lot. But in the open-source software, you can not fix it, but there are thousands of developers, whose eyes do not make any mistakes, they quickly fix the error. Any software error in Open Source can be solved very quickly.

3. Open source software creates competition and diversity:

Especially prominent for open-source software diversity. How many Linux flavors are there, genuine? Again, Mozilla knows how many Firefox browsers are in Firefox. Even the Google Chrome browser is also ready for the Open Source project called Chromium. When everyone has the power to take a project out of their own hands, and plan on their ideas, then surely you will find many diversities together.

4. Open-source software promotes responsibility:

When you see the source code of a program, then you can be sure that the developer is not entering any malicious messages on your computer. For example, the keypad is an open-source password manager, which means that you can check that the developers are stealing your password.

Responsibility is a big issue, when it comes to showing the question of digital selection in the booth Most of the voting programs are closed sources, where you do not have access to its source code, so you do not know if the software is doing a polling booth. To overcome corruption in the elections, these programs need to be open source, so many developers can monitor the software together.