Open source software has become extremely popular over the past few years. Computer users have started to shed their dependency upon major corporations and companies and started to turn to programs that are developed by smaller corporations or technology experts with no licensing rights to the programs. These programs range from video codecs and players like Xvid to a program that is for transferring large files with FTP like Filezilla.
By definition an open source software is any type of software or program that is available and developed as a public collaboration. Generally these open source software programs are free to use and do not contain any fees. However, sometimes the programs will ask for a small donation for the developer.
If you are considering making the switch from major software companies to open source software programs, here are some of the great benefits that come with making the switch to open source software.
The Benefit of Public Collaboration. Open source software might have a few flaws when it is initially developed, but the major public collaboration can be a real benefit. If a media player like VLC is experiencing usability issues, there are hundreds of thousands of people who are working together to improve the program. This means overall the quality and stability of an open source program is better because if a bug is spotted there are hundreds of developers that can work on it together to fix it.
The Cost. Many computer users who find out about open source programs often wonder why they shelled out big bucks for other programs. Open source programs are free for public use. For the most part, these programs work virtually the same way that other larger company programs do, only at half the cost. A great example of this is Open Office which can easily replace the very costly Microsoft Office.
Availability. Open source programs allow computer users to have a wide variety of what companies they choose to use. When you download one program or open source operating system you are not bound to the company that produced it. Instead you can use other software programs that will enhance your computer experience. Plus, open source programs like Ares are not only available but they are safe and secure ensuring you do not get viruses like many other programs.