Benefits of open source software

Open source software is the perfect choice for organizations that expect something more than standard solutions, check out the key benefits perfect for any business.

THE REAL BENEFITS OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

It is very difficult to find reliable information that describes the advantages and disadvantages of open source solutions. It is not clear whether it is due to a misunderstanding of what open source is or rather to confusing open source with a producer's approach, which may vary and contradict standards. Below, we've only outlined the real benefits of open source and added our comments explaining our opinion.

1. ACCESS TO SOURCE CODE

This is the only advantage that is indisputable, and at the same time, it is also the most important benefit of open source. Accessing the source code opens up many possibilities [which are described below].

2. POSSIBILITY TO VERIFY THE SECURITY LEVEL OF THE APPLICATION

The fact that software is open source does not automatically mean that the application is more secure. The fact that the solution is used by thousands of companies around the world does not translate into the fact that anyone has verified whether there are no errors in the application and that the application is safely designed [otherwise, projects such as WordPress would be never published]. Security is a process, so a company that develops software must have security set as the highest priority. Most applications [regardless of whether they are open or closed software] contain many bugs that are not patched by the producers, although their detection is very simple and does not require time.

What is the real advantage of open source in terms of security is the possibility of verifying to what extent the producer adheres to the standards [code quality, application architecture, the validity of dependent libraries, response time].

  • Monday, 14 September 2020