Open-Source Architecture

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What Does Open-Source Architecture Mean?

Open-source architecture is a concept that combines the advances in design and technologies with the practices and ideas from open-source projects to help reframe an architectural design as a collective and collaborative endeavor. The focus of open-source architecture is on the potential interactions of a structure with its social, physical and other contexts based on the people involved rather than on a top-down solution or a linear process. It transforms the architecture for adaptive use and to an inclusive and transparent architecture.


Techopedia Explains Open-Source Architecture

One of the salient features of open-source architecture is the use of open standards of collaboration. This encourages the establishment of universal standards for the growth of collaboration networks in which all resources and designs by both amateur and experienced professionals can be shared by everyone.

Open-source architecture has the following features:

  • The solutions provided are not restrictive. Future modifications or add-ons to the architecture are possible for the best interest of the end user.
  • It is secure, stable and well supported like the proprietary ones.
  • Motivated by the open-source community, developers will be able to provide architectural designs that are simple to implement.
  • There is more personalization or freedom owing to the inherent flexibility provided by open-source solutions.
  • It is more affordable than proprietary architecture and tool sets.
  • It helps in the integration of the widest range of technologies and components.
  • It recognizes the core roles of each individual at each stage of the proposal.
  • It provides a smart environment that is capable of integrating hardware, software and their mechanisms.

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