Open Source

Everyday, I use Google Chrome to browse the web. It may or may not be safe, but it just works for me. When I didn’t have Office and needed to make a presentation, I downloaded Apache Open Office, an open source software allowing anyone to use their version of the Office Suite for free. When I walked into a computer lab at Albany for the first time, it was a CS class in the basement of the Humanities building where my computer’s OS was Ubuntu Linux, an open source OS for personal computing. In the debate between whether it is good or bad, pro or con, the fact is we need open source software to continue pushing the bounds of software technology. Products that require a fee normally provide a service worthy of such a fee. But its open source that keeps everyone still connected to the next generation of computing.

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