Published by Open on May 29, 2015

A Brief History of Open Source Software and Apps

Open source software has been here for a very long time. We’ve seen a lot of free and open source software come and go. Some open source software has managed to leave a great legacy and some became successful that they’ve reached the top and is competing against massive commercial software giants. One example of that is the Linux kernel, which is used on a number of Linux-distros. Ubuntu is one example of Linux distro that can compete with massive commercial operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Another great open source software, this time it managed to reach the top, the WordPress content management system. WordPress powers 22% of the World Wide Web and they still remain completely free and open source.

Brief History of Open Source

Possibly this is a disputable consideration to begin with, yet open source development has dependably been driven by joint effort, and with the emergence of Usenet, developers could work together on an overall level more than ever and made it simple to share programming. Usenet (based on top of the framework that is currently called the Internet) was from numerous points of view a forerunner to today’s Internet discussions and originated before the World Wide Web by more than 10 years.

Begun by Richard Stallman in 1983, the GNU Project is a mass cooperation venture for open and free software that has thrived even right up ’til the present time. Stallman caught up the GNU Project with the making of the Free Software Foundation in 1985 to bolster the free programming group further. The GNU Project has brought about an immense measure of open source programming after some time and conceived the GNU General Public License (GPL), apparently the most famous open source permit model out there. What’s more, when the Linux kernel arrived, GNU software made it into a complete OS.

It was in 1998 when Mozilla was conceived as a result of Netscape open sourcing its web browser Firefox was born. This is the birth of another successful and popular open source browser that we use nowadays, Mozilla Firefox.

Then some time in 2004, when South African tycoon Mark Shuttleworth’s organization, Canonical, released the Debian-based Ubuntu in 2004, few could have expected what a monstrous achievement it would get to be. Ubuntu rapidly turned into the most generally utilized Linux distro by a wide margin, particularly on the desktop, and has conveyed Linux to the masses like no other appropriation. This made Linux a very popular open source software nowadays and competes with commercial giants like Windows and Mac.

There are still a lot of open source software today that succeeded and became popular and you can do your research for the rest.