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Let's open-source it!

"The concept of open-source software is not new, and with huge, successful projects such as UbuntuAndroidand other Linux-related OS's and apps, I think we can safely say it is a proven model for creating and maintaining high-quality software. But let's say you're a novice developer, just getting started as a coder and thinking about whether or not this open-source thing is worth your time and effort.

I'm here to show you why you should seriously consider giving away your time and effort for free, on a regular basis." by Erez Zukerman.

I use several open source applications and I am confident that you too do so. When I was new to this concept, I used to wonder why do these guys (read developers) toil on open source projects and make available to the users mostly for FREE? Do they make any money out of this work? Is it mere fun for them? Well, the answers to all these questions are in part 'Yes' and in part 'No'.

Open Source Projects have a higher degree of vibrancy, user friendliness and customization. They give me cheerful moments when I exclaim "Ah, that's made for me!". I remember, when the ctrl key of my keypad stopped working and it became difficult to control media buttons from keypad. To my rescue, I found an application where I could navigate without using the ctrl key. It was such a relief.

Thumbs up to all those developers. I would like to cross post two articles originally published on www.makeuseof.com. about contributing to open source projects here:

Enjoy reading:
1. "Why You Should Contribute To Open Source Projects" by Erez Zukerman and;
2. "8 Ways To Help Open-Source Projects If You’re Not A Coder"  by Chris Hoffman.

Let's open-source it!

2 comments:

{ Rinki Gupta } at: May 08, 2012 said...

Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Infact I will say open sources gives a different kind of pleasure. You know I was trying to make infographics so I found open office is one of the user friendly software to create infographics. I like open source software.

{ kunj pratap } at: May 08, 2012 said...

@Rinki Gupta True Rinki, while using open source application I personally feel content. Congratulations on your first infographic. It was inspiring, indeed!

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