Open source software has several advantages and with the right conditions can be a reliable solution for individuals as well as for businesses and other organizations.
Some of the most common open source software that are widely used by individuals and professionals alike are the following:
Libre Office, OpenOffice (office suites) , Ubuntu, MX Linux (operating systems), Thunderbird (email client), OBS (live video & audio streaming management) Gimp (equivalent to the well-known Photoshop), Inkscape (equivalent to the also well-known Illustrator) Audacity (for audio recording and editing), VLC (very versatile multimedia player), Blender (3D graphic design) and many more: The list is inexhaustible and not limited to home or corporate use scenarios. Open source software is everywhere.
A prerequisite for the successful integration of open source software in the toolbox of an individual or a company is an understanding of its advantages and limitations.
Some of the advantages of open source software are the following:
- Free Distribution and Access: open source software is freely available for download, installation and use. This means that users can use it at no cost and have access to the source code.
- Flexibility: The source code is available, allowing users to customize the software according to their needs. This offers great flexibility and freedom.
- Security: because the source code is publicly accessible, many developers can evaluate the code for potential security issues. The community can detect and fix vulnerable areas faster than in closed solutions.
- Community and Collaboration: open source projects usually have an active and engaged community. Developers and users can collaborate, share knowledge and improve software mutually.
- Scalability: The open nature of the code allows developers to add new features and extend the functionality of the software.
- Vendor Independence: By using open source software, you are not locked into a single vendor. This means that you are in control of the software and not dependent on specific companies.
PC PROJECT can help you assess, based on your requirements and always on a case-by-case basis, which open source software is right for you and tailor it to your needs.
One of the limitations of open source software is the support part: Open source communities receive funding for development from organizations and end users. This funding is sometimes not sufficient to further develop or support open source software.
PC PROJECT undertakes to support , where technically feasible, open source software that has been discontinued or is not adequately supported by the community so that you can get the desired functionality with security, certainty and stability.