In Part 1 of this 3-part series we explore the apparent triumph of open source software over its antiquated counterpart, proprietary software.

 In the battle between software created openly by anyone who wants to contribute and those rigidly coded in closed shops, it was no contest. If you used closed source software and you wanted new features or bugs fixed, you had to wait for the product to change, complain about it, or develop a workaround, hoping the change made it into the product someday. With open source, you can participate by offering changes and improvements yourself, as long as you can demonstrate that you are willing to be part of their community. 

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