Open-source is a term used to describe software that is released under a specific license that gives users the right to not only use it but also study its structures and change them.
The Open-source Software (OSS) license even gives the right to distribute the software, its source code, and even the variations developed by the users to third parties, all free of charge. Many pieces of open-source software are the result of a collaborative public effort. Not only are the development teams not necessary parts of one organization, they are often scattered across the globe and hidden under aliases that allow them to remain anonymous.
Open-source software is viewed as having many strengths over traditionally developed software. One of its greatest strengths is the public’s ability to examine the source code freely, which adds up to the trust in the product. The OSS license also facilitates the utilization of diverse and often creative viewpoints that aren’t confined within the boundaries of an organization.