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Community Manager
Community Manager

Advantages of Open Source over Proprietary softwares?

Can you list 5 key advantages between Open Source over Proprietary softwares? 

Try not to search the web, instead jot down what you think they are, in your own words

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  1. Continuous compliance with security patches and updates
  2. Performance tuning with role based granularity
  3. Seamless scalability with cloud governance.
  4. Self contained execution environment and orchestration with containers and pods 
  5. Idempotent automation with Ansible
  6. Community spread all over the world for support with freedom to edit and distribute.


Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

1- cost savings
2- community
3- vendor free
4- collaboration which increases productivity
5- free


Community-Centric: Open-source project serves as a community-driven hub for collaboration and development.Open-source make its codebase and associated projects available for free to anyone who wants to use, modify, or contribute to them.

Flexibility: Users have the flexibility to customize and configure according to their specific needs, but they are responsible for managing and maintaining it.



The cost effectiveness makes it a relatively easy sale to management.

The ability to review the code itself.

The ability for myself as an admin to run the same exact software at home in a lab environment to become more familiar.

The opportunity to contriute to projects you're passionate about.

Securiy fixes aren't limited to being patched at the speed of enterprise, at least for the development of the fix.

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Can you list 5 key advantages between Open Source over Proprietary softwares? 

1) transparency. I've had a bug, opened a case, had the support team open a bugzilla, see the bugzilla progress and then out popped the new rpm in the next errata cycle. All highly visable from RH.

2) Access to the source means that if your really dependent upon the software you could go off and build it yourself once the vendor decides not to support it any longer.

3) Cool Project names and Awsome stickers at tradeshows. As a bonus its nice to make senior exec's say Open Source project name in status meetings.

4) Someone else has figured out my issue or a new use for an old tool in a new way I would never think of.

5) I myself can dig in and figure out my issue by looking at the code or use an old tool in a new way no one else has thought of

Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

1) cool project names and stickers at tradeshow events

2) Exec's having to say cool project names when asking me to get them stickers from tradeshows

3) Most likely somebody already figured out my problem

4) Most likely somebody figured out how to use something I use in a new way

5) Freedom to contribute how to use something I use in a new way

Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

1. Maintainable.

2. Sure.

3. Scalable.

4. Fast growth.

5. Known by everyone.

Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

1. Security

2. Perfomance

3. Cost

4.Continous developing

5. Open


  1. Community Development: A global community often backs open source projects. This collaborative approach means a diverse group of people can contribute to and improve the software, leading to richer features, better troubleshooting, and faster innovation.

  2. Transparency & Trust: Users can view, modify, and understand the source code. This transparency fosters trust, as users can verify that there are no hidden malicious components or vulnerabilities intentionally left in the software.

  3. Customizability: Companies or individuals can tailor OSS to fit their specific needs. This might involve adding features, tweaking the user interface, or optimizing performance for specific tasks.

  4. Cost-Efficient: While not always free, OSS typically avoids the high licensing fees associated with proprietary software. Moreover, there's no risk of being "locked-in" to escalating licensing costs or forced upgrades.

  5. Interoperability: OSS often adheres to open standards, making it more interoperable with other systems. Proprietary software might intentionally lack compatibility to lock users into a particular ecosystem.

  6. Avoiding Vendor Lock-In: With open standards and accessible code, users can avoid being beholden to a single vendor's product roadmap or pricing strategy. They can switch providers or even fork the codebase if the leading version of the software goes in a direction they don't like.

  7. Longevity & Preservation: Even if the original developers stop maintaining an open source project, the community or another set of developers can pick it up and continue. This dynamic ensures that the software can potentially live on indefinitely.

  8. Educational Value: OSS can be a learning tool. Developers can study the code to understand how it works, learn new techniques, or even use it as a teaching aid in educational settings.

  9. Grassroots Innovation: Sometimes, niche communities or user bases can find novel uses or modifications for a software that the original developers hadn't considered. Since they can modify open source software directly, this leads to grassroots innovation.

  10. Democratic Software Production: OSS embodies a democratic approach to software production. Anyone, regardless of their background or resources, can contribute, raise issues, or suggest improvements. This inclusivity often leads to software that better serves a broader audience.

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1- Cost effective as Commercial Ones are very costly

2- Easy customization compared to commercial ones so we can modify it and use it based on our custom requirement 

3- Based on popularity, it will have active community to discuss real time issues and get prompt reply.

4- Contribution from industry experts.

5- Provides a way to give back to the community. 

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