Open and closed media platforms for users and industries
When I was 14, I felt like the biggest tech wizard manually entering in a theme I found for my Tumblr blog on a sketchy website on the internet, hoping to god that it wouldn’t crash and destroy my entire life’s work. What I didn’t know back then was that this was a common software that websites used called open source software (OSS). OSS refers to software that allows users to copy, modify or delete code on a website. It is open to the public and allows for updates; improving and expanding it’s code as more people work on it. WordPress itself is another website that uses open source software.
If a website does not allow for the public to manipulate its code, they would be using a form of closed source software (CSS), which means it uses a closely guarded code that only the original authors of software can access, copy and alter. Some examples of CSS would include Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.
For more information regarding OSS and CSS check out the video below: