Open source software usually developed through public collaborations offer the source code available for free, flexibility, quality and reliability
The main and obvious advantage between open source and proprietary systems is that as its name indicates it is freely available. Many open source software is also available free of royalties and fees, leading to the confusion around the commonly used term `free software’.
But of course, cost is not the only advantage. Commercial products typically favor visible features (giving marketing advantage) over harder-to measure qualities such as stability, security and similar less glamorous attributes.
Open source software is developed by thousand of expert programmers, this makes not only the quality, but also the reliability higher than in the case of the software development companies software. In case you need some help the developers and users, that have experienced the same problems, will be more accessible than the company’ workers. This would mean higher-quality software delivering with less development cycles.
Public software is constantly reviewed and optimized including the last tech innovations. Stability is another positive fact as in the commercial sectors companies can try to create and develop upgrades that the customers don’t really need in order to increase their sales.
Even more? If you use open source you will not “belong” to a single development company because any developer will be able to work on your website. Open software increase the social interaction of quality communities of experts making the systems always more accurate and improving the usability of the interface.
Open source software promotes claims that are made for qualities such as security, freedom from vulnerabilities, adherence to standards and flexibility in the face of future changes.
Why develop with open software? Any company using open source software suddenly becomes part of a large, active community. To share questions about installation instructions, updates, best practices, and feature requests, developers find themselves posting questions on community forums, downloading patches from community servers, and so on. Developers learn to go to the community, rather than to a sales rep or a customer support organization, to collaborate and get help.
These benefits have made most of the companies to choose open source software and to convince the ones that were having doubts before they acceded to the information.