Open source is a development method and the creative practice of appropriation and free sharing of information/invention. This method enhances the power of distributed or autonomous behavior. This way improves the transparency and promises better quality, flexibility, reliability, and availability. Good part is our standards body are maintaining this open source concepts for good of the community. This way makes any one can be a developer, reviewer or even a hacker (both in better and bitter way).
There are numerous open source projects like source-forge, open office, Linux, Ubuntu, ruby and many others available to us and wonder how many of us know about their existence and value they bring in comparison to their costly counterparts. It became my interest to explore open source ad make reader aware of it. Thus i am going to use this space in my page to talk about the source projects, their benefits and unique features they bring along ...
In general Open source software is whose source code is freely published and made available to any one and they can choose to edit, discover something new or even redistribute it without paying royalties. Though said, it is not an easy task , it requires dedication ,involvement and community cooperation. Few of those open source products are:
- Linux: Open source operating system based on Unix
- Apache: HTTP web server
- MySQL: Most popular open source database.
- Tomcat: provides pure java HTTP web server environment for Java code to run.
- Eclipse: Open source software framework for rich client applications.
- Mozilla Firefox: Worthy IE competent with rich plugins and customizable browser.
- Ruby on Rail: Full stacked, web application framework optimized for building and publishing application for free.
- Open Office.org: Very useful MS office counterpart with built-in word, spreadsheet, power point and many..
- MediaWiki: Knowledge base and the software that runs Wikipedia
- Drupal/Joomla: Open source content management systems
- Coffee Cup: Very useful HTML/CSS editor and website content developer.
- PHP/Perl/Java: Handy scripting or programming languages that available for anyone to learn and master.
- GIMP: Logo, website design and theme creator
Note: Majority of discussion will be around computing and internet technology oriented products..
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