Why Does Open Source Really Matter? It’s about Control, Not Code


Why is open source software so popular today? You might think it’s about money, open standards or interoperability. Ultimately, however, the most important factor behind the success of open source is its ability to offer control — or the allusion of it, at least — to people who use it.

Explaining Open Source Software’s Popularity

To understand this point, let’s take a look at conventional explanations for why open source has become so popular.

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