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Open Source Myths and Truths

“When people think of open source, they think of two things,” says Gurpreet Luthra, product manager for Bahmni, an open source hospital system. “One is that it’s free software and the other is that there will be a lot of free developers enthusiastic about contributing. The first part is mostly true, the second mostly false.”

In this podcast, Karl Brown and Gurpreet Luthra of Thoughtworks Global Health discuss the half-truths, myths and misconceptions surrounding the use and development of open source software.

Is it really free? Who will take care of the bug fixes and improvements? And should you be worried about data security and privacy when using open source software?

Drawing on their experience working in the global health space and collaborating with open source communities, Karl and Gurpreet answer these questions, and more, on successfully using open source technology to solve real-world problems. 

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Thoughtworks.

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