15 June 2016

Open Source Software (OSS)




OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (OSS)
They are software that are free to use/copy, study, modify and redistribute the source code.

They are computer Software in which the source code are available for the user.
Open source software are developed collaboratively and usually involve a community of developers.

Licenses available for Open source Software include the GNU General Publice License (GPL), Apache license, MIT License
Example of Open source software are Mozilla firefox, GIMP, Libreoffice, Apache Web Server, GNU/Linux OS, Android, VLC media player.

Advantages
They are free
The software are free to use, modify and re-distribute the source code.

Disadvantages
Security, since the source code are available, hackers might know loopholes and weaknesses of the software more easily than closed sourced software.




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