A term that you might have heard from time to time in reference to development or production is open source. In some instances, this might be in reference to an application or even software platform. Open source is another way to say that something has a free license. In simple terms, an open source product, application, design, or software simply means that you are free to change and use design or blueprint in whatever ways you see fit in order to improve the product.
What are the hidden costs of open source?
While many open sourced products are free when it comes to a physical cost, there are still hidden costs. These costs won’t hurt your wall or bank account, but you need to be aware of them before you begin modifying the application, software, or design. When you begin working on an open sourced product, you will probably have to agree with a ‘terms of service.’ Be sure you read this carefully because it will outline whether or not you have to recognize the creator, provide credentials, and so on. So, before you actually begin modifying and creating your own product based on the original, make sure you understand the rules and regulations that go along with the open source product.
Why make something open sourced?
When something is opened sourced you are able to make modifications. Sometimes, you have to pay for the license to do this, but that’s a onetime fee and once you pay you can start making your modifications. Regardless if something is free or you have to pay, open source allows for great collaboration. It ultimately allows for better products because individuals not directly involved in the creation of the software, design, or application may have ideas to make the product even better.
What are the advantages of open source?
Mentioned above, open source allows for better collaboration and better end results. Beyond that, open source allows for better security, quality, and customizability. By allowing users to modify applications, designs, codes, and other things, open source can improve security by detecting defects in the original product specifications. Quality also improves because other talented individuals are able to work on the original product, make improvements, tweak it to fit specific needs, and users are able to help make it.
Why use open source products?
Ultimately, using open source products for your business shouldn’t be about saving money. Of course, that is a direct benefit, but you should be much more invested in the innovation and opportunities that come with open sourced products. For a business, you need differentiators that come from providing innovative services or products. Open source products can help you achieve those things and help you become a more successful company.
Open source products come down to saving money, increasing efficiency, being able to customize, and having a vast network of support to make your modifications.