The most common myths about open source and its openness

Today, a large number of companies have chosen to use open source components in their infrastructure and are benefiting from it. However, there is the misconception of when a company opens its code to the general public and that is why we want to introduce you to the most common myths when the option of opening the code arises.


Myth # 1: Open source is giving up my business for nothing in return

This is false! When you open your code to the public, you deliver it in the hope that someone else find it useful. In turn, it allows people to modify it to suit their needs and they can also inform you of bugs or new functions that they found.

Remember that your company is a separate entity and has much more potential than your code.

Myth # 2: You will lose control of everything.

It is also false. Your code will always be yours, regardless of whether it is available for other people to use. Ideally, take the time to select an open source license that is strong and will allow you to merge various changes into your project, if you wish.

business woman with laptop relaxing

business woman with laptop relaxing

Myth # 3: Open source has no value at all

Since Windows, OS X and Linux contain open source elements. Even your phone must have open source software and even your web host is probably compromising most of your open source projects, so this claim is false too.

Myth # 4: someone will steal my idea

Their idea may be truly unique, but you shouldn't underestimate the market around the project. As mentioned earlier, your company is much more than opening the code to the public; so you must give importance to your marketing strategies to achieve differentiation from your competitors.

This can happen even if your code is closed. Opening the code allows them to see the logic of the functions and features, but it does not make it easier for them to integrate them into their own project. Similarly, it is obvious to users when one business begins to copy another.

In the beginning, Microsoft had cornered the market in the productivity of a company with the tools of Office and Outlook, but now open source alternatives have been made for both. Now social media, CRM software, operating systems and other applications have open source patterns.


Myth # 5: My bottom line will collapse.

It could happen but is unlikely to happen as a direct result of opening your code. We recommend that you take the time to build a healthy and safe ecosystem around your projects; This will allow you to grow your business while your project earns its reputation.

Myth # 6: My business will go out of business.

This is also unlikely. There are many cases of companies that have open source projects that are very important for the business, and are still in the market. Some examples are Red Hat, Rackspace, and Comcast; who have countless projects open to the public and are still multi-million dollar companies. so yes it is possible to open your code and make it profitable.



We understand that you may have doubts to open your code to the public, but it is time to venture because open source is here to stay.

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