4 Open-Source Software You Probably Use
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By Jade Kerr - June 15, 2023

Chrome, Firefox, WordPress, and VLC Media player are famous examples of open source software you probably use every day. So, what are open source software? Open-source software is software that makes its source code (the code from which programs are generated) available to the public. It allows users to modify and improve the source code to meet their own requirements. Users can access the source code and alter it as needed with open-source software, which is copyright-free. It could potentially be improved by adding more features. Unlike close/proprietary software that must be paid for, open-source software is wholly free. Here is some popular open-source software.

Ubuntu is a free operating system for Linux that is speedy and easy to use, named after an African philosophy of community, sharing, and generosity. According to recent statistics, Ubuntu is installed on roughly 50% of Linux users. In addition, Ubuntu comes pre-installed with OpenOffice, Firefox Empathy, Pidgin, GIMP, and other tools because of its usability focus.
The VLC media player has been downloaded 300 million times as of this writing. VLC, unlike some paid competitors, can play almost every audio/video codec and file type. In addition, the most recent VLC version includes live streaming video recording, frame-by-frame progress, and excellent speed controls.

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WordPress is the most popular blogging platform globally, with over 202 million blogs. WordPress supports numerous plugins that can be used to turn a simple blog into anything that fits user needs. Aside from blogging, WordPress can be used as a simple content management system to power everything from online shops to online magazines to portfolios. For example, WordPress gallery themes are fantastic for photographers and designers exhibiting their products in an online portfolio.

Firefox presently holds 24.43 percent of the web browser market share; however, this figure is rising. Firefox’s popularity is expanding thanks to its vast range of third-party add-ons, allowing users to customize their surfing environment to the smallest detail. As a result, it is already the browser of choice for most online professionals.