|Open Source software is software whose source code is made openly available so that users and developers can modify or improvise on it. The source code is a collection of statements or declarations written in a programming language to specify the actions that must be performed by a computer.
One drawback associated with open source software is to do with support services. But most problems with open source software can be addressed through online forums. For more complicated problems, developers offer consultancy services at a price.Another drawback is that open source software is often perceived as being unreliable. But this is not necessarily true. Following are some popular and reliable open source software used by several people:
|Open Source Software||Application|
|Linux||Computer Operating System|
|Open Office||Office application|
|Thunder Bird||E-mail Client|
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