Open Source Day Conference is a celebration for community and users of open source solutions. Not so long ago, within a few years, a local conference has developed into one of the largest international events dedicated to open software in Central Europe.
The event is a great opportunity for meetings, discussions, exchange of views or to start cooperation.
Open Source is innovation, progress, security, flexibility, interoperability, low cost production and development. As the leader of Open Source, Eric Raymond said: „A sufficient number of watchful eyes make all the errors become trivial. ” A similar principle works for the development of usability and functionality of software.
Sharing ideas of modifications and changes has a practical dimension. A larger number of people with access to the code and viewing it allow faster detection of for instance security vulnerabilities or inefficient algorithms – and thus eliminate them and improve. There is no single company in the world that could compete with the movement and effectiveness of Open Source community.
What is open source software in the legal aspect?
In the legal aspect, the recognition of software as “open” is determined by several factors. It should, however, focus on two most important aspects. Firstly, the software source code must be available. Secondly, it can be modified and re-distributed under the terms of the original license. This excludes any discrimination and guarantees technological neutrality.
Open Source is a model of producing solutions which by itself poses no limitations. On the contrary – it opens new, previously unavailable paths for development. In the context of business and producing IT solutions for the specific utility needs, this option is practically unbeatable and it is an engine for progress for a million of companies in the world.
The times when open source was regarded as a less expensive version of proprietary programs are long gone. Now, consumers opt for open solutions not because of the cost, but above all because of better performance and lack of dependence on a single producer.
Barriers to the use of Open Source.
Legally speaking, there are no special barriers to the use of open source software. However, you may notice some administrative discrimination in the adoption of Open Source. There are too many bureaucratic habits, both in the area of public procurement and accounting that prefer to purchase licenses of closed software. This is mainly due to insufficient knowledge about the legal aspects of the use of Open Source.
It is worth to take a closer look at good practices in the countries where governments in subordinated administration units and public services relied almost entirely on open source software. Sadly, such solutions do not exist in Poland. A good idea would be to create a public center of competence, which would support the central public administration authorities and specific modernization project in the choice of alternative solutions, making the most of the potential of this licensing model and sharing IT to society.
It should be noted that the very idea of Open Source in our market is alive and raises continued interest. Open Source Day Conference is a great proof of it.
Limits of Open Source.
Summarising the above considerations, it must be said that in terms of utility there are no limits to the possible applications of open source software. You may be tempted to say that its boundaries lie where demand for new fearures, applications and technologies ends up – that is, de facto, they are constantly moved because thoughts can not be limited. And therein lies the success of openness.
Welcome to the Open Source Day 2017
All those who would like to:
take part in one of the most interesting pro-innovative IT events,
get to know the people behind the latest solutions of Open Source,
find out what the trends and forecasts are for the IT market in the coming years,
today we would like to invite you to the Open Source Day Conference 2017.