Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control

Open Source softwares is any computer software that’s distributed with its source code available for modification. That means it usually includes a license for programmers to change the software in any way they choose: They can fix bugs, improve functions, or adapt the software to suit their own needs.

Closed source software can be defined as proprietary software distributed under a licensing agreement to authorised users with private modification, copying, and republishing restrictions. The source code is not shared with the public for anyone to look at or change.

These terms were quite unfamiliar to me and not something I knew a great deal about. It was quite interesting to learn and gain an understanding through research, what platforms use open sourced softwares (OSS) or Closed Source Softwares (CSS).

Throughout this year myself and many other BCM112 students have become very familiar with WordPress. WordPress is an example of an open source platform that allows users to create, edit, change functions and layout to make it more personalised and suit your needs. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress blogs. The customisation range from search engine optimisation, client portals and additions such as widgets and navigation bars.

2 thoughts on “Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control

  1. It was clever to address how WordPress is open source software and consequently the importance of this software in allowing users to modify and customise their pages in order to personalise it to their interest.
    I think you might find this article interesting as it highlights why it is important that WordPress is open source. https://blog.nexcess.net/2017/08/23/why-is-it-important-that-wordpress-is-open-source/
    In my blog post I discussed some of the advantages to open source software. These actually link to your example of WordPress, such as: individuals are able to customise programs, free to use and quick implementation of new features etc.


  2. Great Post! I often completely overlook and forget the fact that WordPress is open source. I’ve also found that the easiest way to remember what open and closed source is (for me anyway) is through Pokemon. Pikachu being closed source as its restricted to one type, where as Eevee is open source because you can change its type to suit you.


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