Sunday, October 12, 2008

Why Open Source is good for Academic Institutions?

Open Source with its promise of distributing source code and allowing anyone to modify it or derive other software from it, makes it an excellent choice for learning computer science, technology and engineering of software.

Academic institutions are given the responsibility of building strong expertise in all aspects of software engineering, be it operating systems, device drivers, database systems, application architecting and engineering, front end graphical user interface (GUI), complex algorithms, working internals of business applications or tools. Learning proprietary tools or technologies that doesn’t provide the software code and the freedom to modify or derive other software from it, limits the learning potential of academicians and students to fully understand the software, thereby seriously curtailing the creativity of the great minds and the learning process.

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