Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. “Free!” you say excitedly. Yes, indeed. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source.

What does open source mean?

Open source means that the source code for the software is accessible and editable. Taken from How Stuff Works:

To be considered as open source software by the software development industry, certain criteria must be met:

The program must be freely distributed (It can be part of a package that is sold though, such as Red Hat has done with Linux ). Source code must be included. Anyone must be allowed to modify the source code. Modified versions can be redistributed. The license must not require the exclusion of other software or interfere with the operation of other software.

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