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Open Source

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis February 27th, 2012

Open Source Software is great.  It is built like a community project, with lots of people writing code, testing, and helping with all the details.  This is in stark contrast to closed-source, or “proprietary” software like Microsoft’s (and Apple’s).  The software is often free, and published under the “GNU General Public License” project, or GNU GPL for short.  Some great examples that run under Windows are LibreOffice, Firefox, and Firebird.   Some are operating systems, like Linux, or languages, like Java.  All these products have a large following, and don’t cost users a dime if they choose. You might think that would result in lower quality, but evidently not.  A recent study by Coverity shows exactly the OPPOSITE:  the open-source stuff had LESS MISTAKES and problems in the code than their proprietary counterparts, according to a recent article in TechWorld.  You can support open source software by downloading, using, and donating to the authors or the project.