Another movement concerned with opening up possibilities is the Open Source Initiative. Source code is the nuts and bolts of software – it is the string of instructions for a piece of software (or computer game or application for a social networking site such as Facebook). Open Source licensing enables computer users to download other people’s software for free, and to make any adjustments to it they want, without having to pay, or ask permission of the code’s original author.
This is in contrast to commercial software source codes, which are not available for free, or to adapt and adjust. Users must pay for licenses to use commercial software, usually including upgrades to improve functionality or iron out any problems remaining when the software was published.
The license to use the software does not usually grant access to the source code and therefore prevents the user from making any changes.
Read this information from the website for the Open Source Initiative:
Open Source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community.
1. Is this a purposeful way forward for the software industry, or do you think commercial software is better than that designed by individuals?
2. Should commercial software manufacturers have to change the way they license their materials or maybe change their pricing structures instead?
It is possible for open source software creators to protect their rights over the work they create, and many choose to do this through a process known as Creative Commons licensing.