Again, a lot of people think that just because something is free, it’s not worth a look, and that same misconception also goes for how people think about open source software. If open source software is free, they believe the application or program is a waste of time. That, of course, isn’t true. Just look at the popular free apps and services available today: Facebook (provides free networking) and Skype (free video and voice calls) are just some of today’s popular free apps.
There are some very popular open source software. They are useful and provide us with a great deal of value – and one of the most surprising things about these software is that we aren’t even aware that they were open source to begin with. The quality and services these open source software deliver are so in par with high-end proprietary software.
Here are some of the most popular open source software today. Take a look at the list and you might be surprised.
Yes, the world’s most popular blogging platform is open source, providing bloggers, especially the more techie inclined internet writers with the ability to tweak their sites to be as simple or as complex as they want or need it to be. Currently WordPress is used by more than two million websites. And because it’s open source, tons of free plugins are available to site owners.
Remember the time when Internet Explorer dominated the web browser industry? Well, the reason why IE was taken off the popular list was when Firefox came into the picture. Open source all the way, Firefox is the browser of choice for the more techie internet users. As a result of being open source, Firefox just continues to get better and better.
There was a time when the only way PC users can create documents was with Microsoft’s Office applications, but thanks to open source software writers, the world now has this free document processing kit. Now you can work on text documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations just as easily as you worked on Microsoft Office or even better. Because their design is inspired by MSOffice, users of the Bill Gate’s paid software will feel quite at home with OpenOffice.
Here’s another thing that you are probably using but don’t realize is Open Source. VLC has been downloaded by you and the rest of the planet more than 300 million times. It is able to play virtually all forms of audio and video files. And you might have noticed that it runs a lot better than Microsoft’s Media Player and other paid for proprietary video playing software.
The name comes from the African community philosophy that best describes what open software is, “Ubuntu” is all about sharing and generosity. This popular operating system is used by more than half of all Linux users. And because it’s all about sharing and accessibility, Ubuntu comes installed with OpenOffice, Pidgin, GIMP, Firefox Empathy, and a range of other tools and apps.