IDG Contributor Network: Open source mobile operating systems need to control fragmentation
Everyone likes open source software. Its programming code is freely available to its users without any licensing fees. They can modify the code to create and then distribute their own modified versions of the program. Linux, Apache, Android, Firefox and Thunderbird all use open source licenses.
As Steven Weber shows in The Success of Open Source, the practical benefits of open source software are enormous. It mobilizes the entire community of end users to debug and improve the program. If users feel the price of closed, proprietary software is too high, they can build their own alternative, thereby undercutting competitive bottlenecks. It promotes open innovation by allowing all programmers, not just those employed by a single firm, to add new features and functionality. It even promises increased cybersecurity through this mechanism of user review, testing, patching and improving.