10 reasons why open source is Good for Business

Posted by Vishal Shah on January 19, 2013


Now a days we many see in many private and government organizations are having their own websites and they are using now free software technology such as Linux, it's just not increasingly clear that price is not the only advantage such software holds.  Rather, free and open source software (FOSS) holds numerous other important advantages for businesses, some of them are even more valuable than the software's low price. Need a few examples? Let's start counting.

1. Security

Bugs in open source software also tend to get fixed immediately, as in the case of the Linux kernel uncovered not long ago. For e.g. if we take android it is an open source so number of people can use and download by this if there are bugs found then it can be solved faster but in the case of Blackberry, iPhone or windows the scenario is different why because those products are closed from public view, so nobody apart from companies employee will be known that how many bugs they contain.

So in this manner it is secured because bugs are resolved by the developers.

2. Quality

A software package created by developers or by thousands of developers? Just there are countless of user and developers working for improving more security of open source software, so are there just as many innovating new features and enhancements to those products.

Just because of these several research and new innovations by user and developers the best quality we get why because "users and developers make what they want, and they make it well".

3. Customizability

Along with this free open source software, developers can modify as they want which suits their needs. Since the code is open, it's a simply matter of modifying it and adding functionality were they need.

4. Freedom

By the day when open source has exist in the markets customers of such vendors has became free from the all conditions and limitations like vision, requirements, prices, priorities and time table. They were become free for making their decision and to do what they want the software.

5. Flexibility

Open source software are flexible why because for e.g. if you software like Microsoft windows and Office, you need to update your software and hardware as per the requirement. But in same case of open source software they are much less resource intensive and even if you didn't upgrade your hardware or software then also you can work with the old one. It is totally depends when it's time to upgrade not according to vendor you have to follow.

6. Interoperability (Inter-operate)

Open source software is much better at following rules of open standards than proprietary software is. If you value Interoperability (Inter-operate) with other businesses, computers and users, and don't want to be limited by proprietary data formats, open source software is definitely the way to go.

7. Audit

Closed source software, you don't have anything live in front your eye but still vendor will promise that they are keeping it safe adhering rules and data secured, but it is nothing but in fact a leap of faith. But open source software's codes are open and visible in front of you means by this you can see everything and keep yourself confident and live.

8. Support options

Every Linux distribution has an online community with excellent documentation, forums, mailing lists, forges, wikis, newsgroups and even live support chat. For business support if they want they can have now paid service which is far affordable and reasonable than proprietary windows. A commercial support for open source software is better responsive, too, since support is where their revenue is focused.

9. Cost

Above all these the proprietary software are bit expensive because cost of mandatory virus protection, support charges, ongoing upgrade expenses and the costs associated with being locked in, proprietary software takes more out of your business than you probably even realize. Open source software in the same case is maintenance free and reasonable.

10. Try before you buy

If anybody wants to go for open source software, it will cost you zero because at the primary stage they cost you nothing. This is partly due to the software's free price, and partly due to the existence of Live CD's and Live USBs for many Linux distributions, for example. No commitment required until you're sure.

About Author: This article has been written by a technical writer working at Opti Matrix Solution - a Website Development Company offering affordable iphone application development services and Website Designing Services to the worldwide clients.

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