If a piece of software is open-source, that means anyone can inspect or sometimes even modify its source code. This can benefit us all in many ways, but here are three of them.
Users can have peace of mind.
If software is open-source, that means its code is visible to anyone at all.
This means that just about anyone with some simple programming knowledge can tell exactly what the software does, and they can make sure it doesn’t do anything unintended or malicious. Because of this, other people can have peace of mind when using the software.
Developers can easily experiment with existing code.
When software is open-source, developers can see its code, copy it, and make changes that they want to make. They can customize the software however they want, and they can even suggest their changes for the actual software.
Project maintainers can use their time for other tasks.
Sometimes, project maintainers have other things to do instead of coding. For example, they may have to handle payments or work on a private part of the project.
By leveraging the open-source community, project maintainers can easily get more done, since other people from anywhere in the world can actually work on the source code.
Hopefully you’ve learned by now that open-source code is a great thing to have. It allows for more peace of mind, the ability to experiment, and the ability for others to contribute.
If you’d like to get started with open-source programming, I recommend you check out this year’s Hacktoberfest program.
It’s easy to sign up, and you can earn a free limited edition t-shirt after completing 4 pull requests on GitHub.
A pull request is a request to add your contributions to someone else’s project.
GitHub is one of the most popular websites for storing and sharing open-source code.