Myths about Open Source Technology
Myth #1: Open Source is free
Many people become more inclined towards open source software because they are fooled into believing that open source software is free to use, and in the future there will be hardly any software running costs. On the correct note, this is not valid, open source means open source code and that if you are participating in any given community, you can easily access the source code of any program.
Most people are more inclined to open source software because they are fooled into believing that open source software is free to use, and hardly any software running costs will occur in the future. This is not valid on the correct note, open source means open source code and if you participate in any given community, you can easily access the source code of any program. What is the free part?
You are free to access and change the source code behind the software for your own use, but provided you comply with the terms and conditions of the license agreement.
Myth #2 - All open source software is Linux based
This myth is one of the most common and it's fair enough for people to believe, particularly when they're new to the open source landscape or just beginning their careers. Once OSS came into the picture, this was the most common assumption that OSS only operates on the Linux operating system once people mentioned OSS. Having as many open source programs with Linux availability as a prime motivator is a quick and easy assumption.
Myth #3: Contribution to Open Source is only for startups
Open source participation is high in the government sector, and they have the implementation teams to be able to handle and make the best use of the open source software. Therefore they end up making more and more inputs in the process.
On the other hand, public sector developers do contribute to the code base but they have to expect some gain from it, either in the financial aspects or in the career trajectory dimension. Many state and federal agencies such as code.ca.gov and code.gov use code sharing and cooperation to help the government cut the costs of duplication.
Drupal as open source software is great for giving a heads-up to startups to showcase their expertise and content. On the other hand, when it comes to business requirements, it is also one of the best solutions. You can create your content to your own specifications.
Myth 4: OSS is less secure than proprietary software
So, obviously, open source software is more secure? Clearly not. You should look deeply into its security before going for any open source solution.
You can always check its version history and the pace of security updates received by the supporting community, you should also look to see how much effort is being put into its security section, and what is the word of mouth like?
You may even find an independent organization vouching for the protection of a product, or certificates confirming its durability, or a trusted friend who can convince you that it is the best option available on the market. In fact, you can see what resources your industry peers, partners, and existing firms use. For example, 500px and Airbnb use Ruby on Rails and that alone is a great indicator that this system is robust enough for startups.
Drupal is considered one of the world's most stable content management systems. Why? For what? Because of its dedicated security staff and the regular releases of updates that make the system increasingly stable over time.
Myth 5 - OSS is not scalable
Open source software is never designed to fit in everybody's shoe, the whole purpose of open source software is to ensure that with the aid of their respective skills and organizational requirements, people can fit it in their shoes.
Take Drupal for example, in contrast with its commercial rivals, it is built to be scalable and adaptable. It is intended to be built by the society and therefore meet the expectations of enterprises. Developers were able to tailor projects to the requirements of small and enterprise scale.
Myth 6 - Open Source is not maintainable
It's a strong assumption that open source software is harder to maintain and may lead to confusion among the crowd of users. There is always a sense of responsibility and motivation to improve the code and improve the overall software, not for monetary gain, not for any other gain than a sense of social responsibility.
Open Source software typically records all updates, enhancements, and maintenance steps using paid tools to help maintain a versioning record and who was the code that contributed. Look? Before it even gets started the group has already discussed the maintenance problem or issue.
Myth 7 - OSS doesn’t have a support system in place
Because there is no one to keep publicly accountable, people think that open source software in the industry is less thought about or not so well received.
Yet things are the absolute opposite, the amount of care and support that the community support teams put in is enthralling and it can change your attitude about it completely. Companies running on the platform put their brightest minds to help provide support for their software and they won't be shut down at the end of the day due to lack of support and care honesty.
There may be a lot of theories and misconceptions circulating within and outside the cultures, but before making any harsh conclusions, one should always consider and figure out this. Myths often prevent us from adopting or trying out a technology, and sooner or later this has to come to an end because the technology and the community speak for themselves.