Linux Open Source
Open source code is made availabe free of charge to the general public. The rationale for this is that a large community of developers who are not concerned with proprietary ownership will produce more useful and bug-free product for everyone’s benefit.
Open Source technology makes business sense. Apart from being free and of very high quality, it is often more powerful than most commercially avaiable products. This is because its shared development harnesses the benevolent brillance of thousands around the world who are continually developing, improving, and evolving its core. With Open Source technology must include source code, and must allow distribution in source code as well as compiled form. Where some form of a product is not distributed with source code, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the source code for no more than a reasonable reproducion cost preferably, downloading via the internet without charge.
Over the past decade open source software has become popular with technology users in India. The benefits of open source – affordability, availability of source code and freedom of choice – have made open source a preferred platform for many innovative Indian organizations and individuals who want to harness the power of high quality software which can be freely adapted to their own requirements.
Open source is becoming more mainstream in the Indian economy. A variety of interests on the part of government, industry and academia are encouraging adoption of open source software in India. Demand for open source has followed the increase in demand for information technologies in all sectors. Liberalization in procurement policy has also contributed to the demand for open source solutions. Industry, academia and community groups are providing training for open source software skills. All of these trends indicate that India is poised to begin to leverage open source software in a bigger way.
Open Source comes with following features:
1. Low Cost
2. License not need
9. Viruses free
Today the combination of inexpensive computers and free high-quality Linux operating systems and software provide incredibly low-cost solutions for both basic home office use and high-performance business and science applications. The available choices of Linux distributions and Linux software may be overwhelming at first.