Open Source Software

February 2009
by Eulalio Paul Cane

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Open Source Software

by Eulalio Paul Cane

Imagine a world where, once you bought a computer, all the software was free, even the operating system. In addition, whenever a new version of your favorite program was released, you could get it right away, also free. Or, if you suddenly realized that you needed something new—a video editor to whip up some YouTube videos perhaps—you could download and install it in under an hour. Your cost: $0.00.

Too many people don’t know that this particular fantasy is very much a part of the real world; it’s called Open Source software, and Bill Gates & Co. hope you never hear about it.

Basically, Open Source means software produced by people who believe in computers as a means of creating community in the world. Toward this end, they encourage sharing software and they make the source code for the software available so that others can expand and improve on it, which means bugs are fixed more quickly than they will ever be by a logy corporation.

Okay, you say; that sounds nice, but what does it really boil down to? Are you talking about some chintzy freeware here, maybe a new screensaver that remembers my birthday? No, I’m talking about mature, full-featured replacements for serious desktop applications: word processor…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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