Software's are broadly classified into Open source and Proprietary. The proprietary software cannot be modified by any user except the person/ team /organization that is having exclusive control over the source code. The goal of the free software is to provide privileges like freedom to run the software, to study and change the source and redistribute with or without changes. In 1998, the term “open-source software” was used to represent the free software and people believe that it is having some technical advantages.
What is Open-Source Software?
An Open source software comes under GPL (General Public License) where the source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone at free of cost. Open Source doesn’t just mean only access to the source code but depends on the user’s need. Thereby the creating a market for itself which triggered even Proprietary players to lean towards open source.
What is Open Source in Microsoft .NET?
Microsoft being a predominant proprietary player has taken its key software development technologies into areas that the company has long considered void, and is giving the developer community new ways to use .NET and Visual Studio to make software for any device, across various platform.
Microsoft .Net Open Source key attributes..,
- Developers can build applications to run on Linux, Mac OS X, iOS and Android using .Net and Visual Studio.
- The new featured visual studio 2013 (update 4) targets students, nano companies and others to develop simple applications.
- Visual Studio to support its free offering Xamarin Starter Edition — available later in the year (2015).
- Targeting any platform, from devices, desktop, Web and Azure cloud service.
- .NET 5.0, a streamlined framework and runtime optimized for cloud and server workloads.
- Release management as a service and cloud deployment projects more easily and reliably provision and configure development, test and production environments in Azure.
- .NET Core 5 is available open source on Github.
- Renewed collaboration with the Mono Project.