Decoded: Open Source

We Crack Open The Jargon To Reveal How Open Source Can Be Useful For Your Business

September 2014


Open-source software is not just for computer programmers and techies. In fact, from the user’s perspective, open-source programs work just like traditional software.

High-Tech Term, Simplified

With open-source software, the source code is available for anyone to modify or enhance. Source code is what makes a program or application work. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don't always work correctly.

While open-source software can be modified and customized by the user, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, communities pop up around these programs to create and share features—usually for free—that can be added to the software. Adding these features is as simple as downloading and installing an update, which is a process most people are familiar with.

Commonly used open-source software programs include WordPress, TurboCASH, and openCRX.

How Open Source Can Help Small Business

Licenses for commercial software can be a major expense, and while there are many software tools that can help you run your business better, they may not be affordable. Open-source programs are usually much less expensive, or even free.

There are open-source alternatives to big-brand software that offer professional-grade features without the big price tag. Some popular examples of free, open-source programs include OpenCart, for e-commerce, and SugarCRM, for customer relationship management.




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