Open source refers to a program or software in which the source code (the form of the program when a programmer writes a program in a particular programming language) is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge.

Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community.

The rationale for this movement is that a larger group of programmers not concerned with proprietary ownership or financial gain will produce a more useful and bug-free product for everyone to use. The concept relies on peer review to find and eliminate bugs in the program code, a process that commercially developed and packaged programs do not employ.

Open source online systems form the backbone of the content on the Internet!

Open source systems have a larger community of users and developers, which ensures the security of the systems, as the user experience is much bigger! Bugs in the software can be reported and fixed much quicker than those of the closed-source proprietary systems.

 

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