The open-source software (OSS) is a dream come true for techies ever since the concept has paved the way for many small variations for Google Chrome or the Mozilla Firefox browser. The value of OSS is highly recognized by CIOs and newly established organizations.
In this article at CMS Wire, Tom Petrocelli promotes OSS as a fixture of contemporary IT landscape. Even the initial rivals—Microsoft and Oracle have embraced OSS as it thrived.
Open Source Drawback
In the digital era, OSS is the core of communal alliance as it allows techies to scrutinize a product’s source code, improve or alter it, and distribute it in the desired manner. Even though the autonomous ideals and distributed development model of OSS are appealing, some elements still lack the attention of the developers. However, this does not make OSS a bad resource, but it definitely needs a well-planned approach. Here are some essential points to consider while implementing OSS:
- Dissimilarity in All Versions: Since open source projects are community-driven, a single OSS application may come in multiple forms, meeting the needs of a small group of niche users. In fact, the patented software may also remain available in diverse versions like Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro. However, it’s not the case with OSS as there are only three main variants including forks, distributions, and vendor distributions.
- OSS is not Free: It is a fallacy that OSS is available for free. However, they are not controlled by any specific company like Microsoft. Also, OSS users do not have to pay license fees for the core software. But it does include acquisition cost along with support and training costs. Besides, it involves personnel costs that may be even higher without vendor support to build an internal support group.
- Governance Model: Out of numerous governance models available, some are controlled by not-for-profit governing bodies like the Linux Foundation, the Apache Foundation or the Mozilla Foundation. These firms maintain rules that govern the software developed, released and, licensed while ensuring that open sources remain open. It is vital for the users to know the governance model and the licensing terms of the open-source system they are planning to use, to avoid a system that is not sustainable for long.
- Sets the Roadmap: The OSS features are controlled and developed by a BDL or a community and are not always released on an expected schedule. The open-source model allows the development of new low-cost software. However, if the users decide to implement an open-source software in a production environment, the thumb rules are different than the patented software. A successful implementation depends on understanding these differences.
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