OpenSource Mantra

Off Late the word "Open Source" has taken me by storm. I 've become a big fan of "Richard Stallman". He is a dynamic person with Long Beard, cracking jokes in his speeches and providing "free" tips to those who really bothers using their skills, rather than just "selling" their potentials.

Right from the beginning I had heard this word "OpenSource". I was a novice, like a million others, thinking that it just stands for providing your "Source Code" along with the Software you Develop. Later on I started exploring the powers of "OpenSource". Like Richard Stallman Says "Free software and open source are the slogans of two different movements with different philosophies. In the free software movement, our goal is to be free to share and cooperate. We say that non-free software is antisocial because it tramples the users' freedom, and we develop free software to escape from that".

What he mean to say here is that, Major Software Firms develop their "vendor specific" apps and make the user devoid of being free to use it as per his/her own needs. For any updates or any purpose the user to go back to the "vendor" and pay them to get a customized version based on needs.

"OpenSource" takes users one step forward providing all additional facilities to Customize, Add, Delete, Edit any of the features in the Free Software you are using. And all that "free" of cost.

Another advantage I found is that OpenSource is not only for free softwares. A Developer can Customize a free software based on the "present market needs" and sell it to many clients for some cost. This encourages many "Free Lancers" and exploits the culture of "Cost-free" apps.

This mantra is growing larger and larger. Many large scale projects are being undertaken by volunteers who believe in this mantra. The most evident example I can quote here is "KDE - K Desktop Environment". This very project has volunteers all over the world who write codes and post it in the svn repositories maintain by the KDE team. Recently aKademy, an annual meeting of KDE community was held in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The event spanned eight days and included exciting programme of talks and presentations by outstanding KDE developers, joint development, bug-fixing & coding sessions, workshops for all KDE contributors.

That was just one Example of how fast OpenSource and Free Software movements are growing. I urge all you readers to spread this MANTRA to as many people you can.