Open Source Software
What is open source?
The term “open source” refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly accessible.
While it originated in the context of computer software development, today the term “open source” designates a set of values—what we call the open source way. Open source projects, products, or initiatives are those that embrace and celebrate open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development.
Open Source Software is a type of software that can be edited and modified by anyone. They have free access to the code to be able to improve or enhance the software. This creates a opportunity for software developers who want to make a difference to improve existing software and to make them free and completely accessible to anyone who may want the software.
Some people prefer to use open source software as they have the freedom to change anything they want to in comparison to closed source software were they never are able to have the to choice or opportunity to improve or personalise a software.
I did some research on various different types of UGC I could find on the internet. It ranges from campaigns, software/websites and even Operating Systems. The internet is starting to fill up with user generated content as web 2.0 comes into our culture.
Companies have started to realise that social media is starting the saturate the market and is become more influential than ever. Some companies have come up with ideas to engage an audience using UGC. This is a new way to campaign and has only recently been seen used by larger companies.
Ubuntu is a great example of UGC. Ubuntu is a completely free OS that can be installed on pretty much any computer. There is even types of the Ubuntu to suit someones need. For example there is a creative version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu Studio) which comes with free and open source creative software such as Inkscape and Gimp. Here are some examples of the “Flavours” of Ubuntu you can get:
- Edubuntu — Ubuntu for education
- Ubuntu GNOME — Ubuntu with the GNOME desktop environment
- Kubuntu — Ubuntu with the K Desktop environment
- Ubuntu Kylin — Ubuntu localised for China
- Lubuntu — Ubuntu that uses LXDE
- Mythbuntu — Designed for creating a home theatre PC with MythTV
- Xubuntu — Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop environment