The vast majority of open-source software packages are released under licenses that grant users certain rights and impose certain obligations (e.g., preserving accurate attribution of the source code). These licenses are made possible legally by software authors asserting their copyright in their code.
Basecamp has had one foot in the cloud for well over a decade, and HEY has been running there exclusively since it was launched two years ago. Renting computers is (mostly) a bad deal for medium-sized companies with stable growth. The savings promised in reduced complexity never materialized.
Until a few weeks ago, Notado had been quietly running on a Digital Ocean Kubernetes cluster. One of the nice things about deploying Rust services is the low resource usage footprint, but unfortunately that doesn’t really mean anything if you make lazy infrastructure choices.
Although APIs are the lifeblood of so many software applications today, the impact on their dependencies when they break can often be overlooked. And while full outages can have a more widespread and obvious impact across a user base, breaking changes to an API’s contract can be just as impactful – and much more difficult to resolve.
There are quite a few important open-source advantages over proprietary “closed-source” software solutions, depending on who’s using (or working on) them. If you're considering OSS, make the most of the valuable benefits of open-source software we cover in this article.
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