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Technological advancements have made almost all businesses in every industry to be computer-oriented. At this age, businesses understand the benefits of computerizing their operations to increase efficiency and streamline their operations. Theirs is the need to ensure that correct market forecast, production and distribution yields to expected rewards of a business in terms of profits and growth.
These operations ranging from market research to consumption of the products or services require different businesses to have different computerized systems which suit the activities and needs of the companies. This means that soft-ware engineers and developers have to produce some tailored soft-wares and applications which provide solutions to the different businesses.
“Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living. ~Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital, 1995″ Thomas Edison
This can be overwhelming and in most instances, sub-standard and crappy applications will be developed. This leaves businesses with the options of relying on commercially produced soft0wares which may fail to capture the features and specifications which a business needs hence not providing adequate solution. Moreover, users have no control of the programs hence they can’t make any tailored customizations to suit their varying needs.
Fortunately, there is a category of soft-wares open source which are produced and distributed freely and any user can make modifications to such soft-wares to suit a user’s needs. Therefore they have become more popular today because they provide users with several freedoms which ensure that a user can customize the soft-ware according to his/her needs.
Open source soft-wares and projects are usually free and a user can make modifications to a version of the soft-ware and even distribute the modified version to other people; a user can use the soft-ware for any purpose without limitation and the biggest gain of these projects is the ability of different users and developers to contribute to the enhancements of the soft-ware by accessing the code of the projects and making improvements where necessary such as detecting anomalies and bugs and reporting them or coming up with features which could help enhance the soft-ware.
This makes open source software much powerful and popular in providing the needed solutions to different businesses today.
Previously this website was under the ownership of a person who was a strong proponent of Soft-ware Freedom. There were several post on the blog section of this website at that time which had great articles where the original owner criticized large corporation like Microsoft for commercializing each of the soft-ware or computer application that they produced instead of distributing them for free as is the case of computer applications such as Linux or Apache Webserver which had a good share of praise for being free.
However, after the website expired sometimes in 2012 and I can’t figure out why it domain was never renewal, given the great content that it had. I grabbed the domain recently and I’m still rebuilding the site with great content about Soft-ware Freedom. There are some great article already published, so make sure you click on the different categories and read the amazing posts.