The idea of open-source and closed-source software intrigued me and led me to consider the software in which I use every day. Before even understanding the difference, I chose to switch to Android simply for the freedom and customisation which is available.
This week, I finally learned the difference (and found out why Android allows users more freedom than iOS). You see, Apple is a closed-source platform, meaning that the software is closed to the public (and only allowing the original developers to edit the code and fix bugs). However, Android is an open-source platform— it’s open to the public and allows users to share and modify the software.
After doing some research, I realised that the majority of software I use is closed-source (eg. Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Windows). When bringing this up to my partner (who is doing his honours in Electrical Engineering), he mentioned that he consistently uses a lot of open-source software for his degree.
Therefore, my remediation for this week is a visual guide to the open-source software that my partner and I use. As he works in the STEM industry and I work in the Media and Literary industries, this comparison shows the range of software that people from different backgrounds may use.