Five Pros and Five Cons of Open Source Software

The premise of open source software sounded like a techno-hippie dream when the Free Software movement kicked off in the 1980s. Since then, however, the concept has paved the way for much-loved tech icons such as the GNU/Linux operating system, the Apache HTTP Server and the Mozilla Firefox browser. Today, CIOs and other IT decision-makers are increasingly recognizing the value of open source software. In the era of continuous improvement, it's the essence of communal collaboration as open source allows IT folks to examine a product’s source code, improve or alter it, and distribute it as they desire. Indeed, enthusiasm for open source software is driving a "golden era" in application development, according to Forrester Research Inc., as the number of open source projects has increased to 725,000--up from 100,000 in 2006. So, given all the interest, CIOs should consider the advantages and disadvantages often linked to products generated from this now-seemingly ubiquitous school of innovation. With this in mind, the following list of pros and cons were compiled from InformIT.com, TamingtheBeast.net and CloudTweaks.com:


ADVANTAGE 2: It's Easy to Manage
You can install open source software in as many locations as you want, with no need to count, track or monitor it for license compliance.

This article was originally published on 01-09-2013
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