Open source software, applications, and projects are becoming more commonplace, at least more than they ever have been. That’s because major organizations and brands have now embraced the development philosophy.
Some of the more renowned examples of open source projects include WordPress, Android, FileZilla, Audacity, GIMP, VLC Media Player, Notepad++, Blender, and, of course, Ubuntu/Linux.
But just what is open source, and what’s the difference between it and closed source projects? What is the inherent value of open source tools and software, and are there benefits of it? What should you do if you’re an avid supporter of open source?