Open-source software is common in the software world today. It was first introduced with the launch of the GNU operating system in the early 1990s. With open-source software, every industry can now benefit from a substitute for custom applications without having to pay any licensing fees or royalties whatsoever!

Open source refers to the computer software or applications where copyright holders allow users and third parties a privilege of viewing, using, modifying source code. An open-source operating system has public access for editing its algorithms.

Today, there are many different operating systems to choose from. Open-source software has gained popularity in recent years. It was created as an alternative solution for those who wanted more control over how their software functioned without relying solely on commercial products or services such as Microsoft Windows. With all its built-in capabilities, Windows does most things by default without any customization possible because its proprietary nature prevents anyone other than Microsoft from having access, which means you’re restricted to using whatever they provide.

Closed operating systems such as Windows and macOS are secure and functional because they use a complex programming language called source code. Companies keep this secret, which makes it inaccessible to third parties so that you can’t get hacked or infected with malware through the OS itself.

The benefits of open-source operating systems include cost-effectiveness over their closed system counterparts. These operating systems are generally very reliable since numerous developers worldwide eliminate vulnerabilities and bugs in the public source code. These operating systems allow you to tweak and customize according to your needs freely. 

The drawbacks of such open systems are significant too. Since their source code is publicly available, it is vulnerable to hackers and attackers who may modify the code to their advantage. Open-source operating systems are not very user-friendly, and you must possess some technical knowledge when you customize open-source operating systems. Finally, open-source operating systems are not backed by customer support which means you are pretty much on your own if you stumble across any issues.

An open-source operating system is a great tool if you have the technical know-how and passion for understanding how it works. However, for this system’s features to be effective, they need to sacrifice user experience with security concerns raised by transparency.

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  • Editor in Chief Editor-in-Chief of CTE Solutions, Lester is a tech security analyst, cybersecurity professional, and a white hat hacker.