Open source tools take to play a major role in defining your project scope and after deployment progress. In fact, the finances come down drastically when you choose to opt for open source tools and technologies instead of paid tools and technologies.
Whether it is a document management system or a development framework for any required business application system, open-source solutions provide you with the best tailor-made infra to design, develop and deploy your needs.
There are many benefits in using the open-source tools and technologies like no need to follow the regular updates and version changes, it happens automatically. All the technical trends are always taken care of. So, it is obvious that the stakeholders always tend towards using the open-source tools and seek a benefit of interest from them.
There are a lot of open-source tools available in the market catering different needs and requirements like from machine learning to web servers, automating the testing script, designing the source file, etc, it is in the hands of the developer to choose the perfect tool for addressing the requirements in order to prevent the future hitches.
In this regard, we would like to shed some interesting factors to consider while choosing your right open-source tool and what the points to remember in selecting one are.
#1. Check the initial requirements
- Is the software a licensed one?
- Is it easy to install?
- Is it easy to run?
- Are the issues and PR raised?
- Is the contributing doc provided?
- Does it have a docker file?
- Does it support tests?
- Does it have badges?
#2. Check for the license type
Open source tools come with different license types and different potential values. One should never miss checking the license type before opting for the tool of his choice. Permissive license is the best option to utilize your complete freedom in writing or developing the code. So, it is always advisable to choose the permissive license type open-source tools and technologies.
Also, there is also a copyleft open-source type of license, which comes with restricted permissions. So depending on the scope of your source code, choose the license type here and always be ever ready to counter the legal issues.
#3. Security assessment
Open source tools and technologies are always prone to high threats and exploitations easily when compared with others…so, it is advisable to stay alert in identifying the different behavior and only trust those tools which have a well-supported team in fixing the vulnerable patches as soon as they are unveiled. CVSS V3 is a scoring system, which assesses the severity of open source community and provides the score of vulnerability rate so that we can make a decision based on the given information in choosing the right tool.
There are two major roles that play a vital role in supporting open-source platforms. One is based on individual interests, who are readily offering their skill set to improve the efficiency of the tool and the others, known as dedicated contributors, provide their services for free and market their expertise indirectly by offering a paid long term support for the beginners, to implement the open-source tools and technologies in a better way.
Always have an eye regarding the policy factors of any open-source tools and technologies. It plays a vital role in enhancing the standardization of tools usage and implementation of related technologies. Seek the opinion of direct dependency roles of open source tools, in order to understand the scalability of stakeholder scope while coding, designing and deploying various projects.
#6. Ease of documentation
The documentation of the open-source tool must be easy to understand and readily accessible to everyone. The contributions of the community by both the freebase users and committed users help to maintain the stability of the platform and also reflect the recent changes in the document without fail. So, take care of choosing the tool, who is highly active in updating their documentation on a regular basis.
#7. End-user profile
Cross-check on the list of end-users who are actually implementing the particular open-source tool which you want to choose. The list can directly reveal the potential and the technical capability of the tool if the renowned company names are on the list and hence you can go ahead with a positive sign without doubting the security and endurance of the tool.
#8. Activities of community
An open-source community always has an active community where both the contributors and end-users play a key role in the activity sharing to enhance the forums, blogs, and messaging applications to share their experiences regarding the usage of the software as well as the issues rose at the same time. Check for such a community where the queries are addressed within in short span of time with high priority and the security patches are fixed in a timely manner.
Always check twice and rethink before choosing any of the available open-source tools. It is obvious that they are so attractive to see because of their benefits and the low cost of investment and maintenance. But, one should be careful choosing the best fit in addressing their requirements by considering all the above factors.
An initial check on these five factors helps to establish a standard working model in the future, without the unexpected hassles and worrisome issues that can bring down your working performance.