Nine Advantages of Open Source Software

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-06-2014 Email Print this article Print

While it initially seemed revolutionary, open source software is actually rooted in traditional IT processes. Technology, after all, has always been about collaboration and continuous improvement. (In the early days of the ARPANET, for example, researchers established a "request for comments" procedure to improve the project.) Of course, there have been trepidations raised about open source. But the always-active open source communities are more than happy to address any concerns. As a result, more than one-half of the software acquired over the next several years will be open source, according to industry research. And industry titan Michael Dell has describes it as a primary driver in terms of pursuing tech advancements "further and faster." That said, if you're still undecided about the concept—or need to convince your company's influencers about its merits—consider this list of top nine advantages of open source. They were compiled from various online resources, including the Cynapse Community for open source users, developers, enthusiasts and, a business-advice site. For more about the Cynapse report, click here. For more about the BusinessBee report, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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