Open source has taken the Internet world by storm. There was a time when the only way to get a software application was to go to the nearest store and buy a CDROM or download it from the Internet at a stout price. But today, with open source technology, there is a very interesting option available to people. With open source technology, they can download free software from the Internet and use it for their purposes.
Developers of open source software prepare a source code for the software and then release it over the Internet. From here, the code is available to everyone who intends to use it. People who are interested will download this code and make their own amendments to it and try to give it a final form. However, this will always remain an ongoing process as several experts who get at the code will try to put their own modifications into it. Several licenses exist to regulate this kind of tinkering. Some examples are those by GNU, Apache, Mozilla, etc.
For a webmaster, open source software makes more sense than proprietary software today, even though they are distributed for free. That is because open source software can initiate a spate of SEO friendly devices such as blogs and forums. Blogs connected to open source software are always populated by experts and professionals who discuss about the software. At the same time, because this software is free, these sites attract a large amount of traffic from people wishing to get the free downloads. As a result, the website is always a success, and the webmasters can easily monetize the sites by affiliate advertising or other methods.
Think about it. The open source technology can really be a good solution for making more money out of your website than a custom made software application. The very fact that it is free can make it a success.