A couple of decades ago, ‘software’ was synonymous with the ‘proprietary software’ copyrighted and available under license. Now the trend has changed! Open-source software is gaining acceptance in the current IT scenario where digital transformation and cybersecurity hang over our heads like Damocles’ sword.
According to CB Insights’ Market Sizing tool, the open-source services industry would reach nearly $33B by 2022. Reiterating the trend recently, the US government showed interest in open source software. What do you think would be the reason for this change? Instead of looking for the advantages of open-source software, let us look at why proprietary software may have its limitations despite seeming convenient.
Proprietary software is not free
Licensing fee is the principal disadvantage of proprietary software. Even though proprietary software might possess a good feature set, the money you have to spend to access all of those features would be drastic. The development, testing and ownership of the software is private. A person who pays to use it will only be a licensee and will not own it. Since people are concerned about their money, it is no wonder that they go for cost-effective alternatives like open source software or free software.
Individuals are different, so their tastes vary from one another. But software like Windows, macOS, Microsoft Office and much more are developed for many users, and most of the time, it fails to meet individual needs. Several features may be pointless to the customer, but they cannot create a version or edit it using the source code. The source code is not publicly available. Only the closed team of creators can do the modifications. Here customers need to adjust their requirements to the available options.
Updates may be expensive
Several updates are available but not free of cost. While renewing, one can expect a surprise price hike. Not updating the software is not going to save you money. Lack of proper updates brings potential risks to your day to day operations. Outdated versions may not get support and technical assistance from the creator.
If the software developer company goes out of business, then cyber security will be at risk. Support might not be readily available, and timely updates will not be done. You will depend on the creators to maintain the software. But the story is different for Drupal users. Timely intervention to tackle security issues keeps the website secure from potential threats.
Limited to a single network or computer
You need a valid license to use the software. Unless the license allows it, you cannot use the software in any other systems or devices. Although you bought the software, you cannot copy or distribute it, not even to your new computer.
Now you know why finding appropriate software demands your time and research. Next time, before finalizing a proprietary software, you need to ask yourself a fundamental question. ‘Are you choosing the right one?’ With leading open-source software like Drupal, developers are getting to push their boundaries to create exponential value for businesses. No wonder the demand for Drupal expertise is touching new heights. ICFOSS - a government of Kerala initiative, has thus launched a Drupal Certification Course to address this demand. They have been active for 12 years as promoters of Free & Open Source Software in India, and aim for economic development of the masses through IT.