It’s highly possible that you’ve read the term “open source” used online before, but never really soaked in what open source software actually is. Before rattling off the necessary applications I think every musician should be taking advantage of, I’ll lay out exactly why I love using open source software (sometimes referred to as OSS):
- For the most part, open source software is distributed for free. No need to break the law and rely on illegal torrents for the applications that you need.
- In many cases open source software is cross-platform compatible. Whether you’re hacking away on a Mac, PC or a Linux machine–OSS has got you covered.
- Open source software is developed in a public and collaborative manner. Some applications have thousands of programmers that have worked on one particular program. This ensures security, reliability, and quality.
Still not convinced? Check out the list below to find out what you’re missing out on.
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