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Open source task management software


Open source task management software – collaborated development:
It is a class of products that are distributed in a form that allows users to change and improve the software by developing its program code, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified forms. Such tools are very often developed in a public, collaborative manner, so many users can contribute technically and methodically into development of this software. There are a lot of those systems that are distributed in free or semi-free ways. Let's consider backgrounds of them.

Theoretically, open source origin positively affects the range of software capabilities, because users potentially can add into software almost any feature which will be considered as helpful, and share improvements with others, but in practice public software development doesn't really work like this. In order to realize the opportunities, users need to possess good skills and knowledge in software development, so only a little number of actual users can contribute with technical realization, while too many users contribute with their features requests. Almost all modifications and improvements added into such a system are made on unpaid basis, motivated by users' enthusiasm and interest, often without engaging careful testing and professional security assurance. Two basic types of such systems are PHP (web-based) systems and desktop-based tools (which require installation).

Open source task management software – satisfying user's needs by module-based flexibility:
Task management is one of the key processes in work organization, because the lion's share of project success depends on how well tasks are organized, assigned, and managed. Many persons want to use such software along with decreasing payments for purchasing it. That's why they seem to be a good and low-cost solution, but let's consider if using them is really a good idea. Owing to the fact that usually open source task management software is designed in the module-based way – it is quite flexible and can be adjusted to suit different needs. In other words, the functionality is predefined by desired style of work, and it can be extended though adding new modules – for example user may want to use it in a single-user regime or in multi-user regime to manage a workgroup, also user may want some industry-specific solution or solution with high customizability etc.
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Demerits of free open source task management systems:
There are web sites where you can find the basic samples supported by collections of special free and paid add-on modules (plugins) which can extend software functionality, but you cannot be really sure about safety and good workability of all these modules created by volunteers. Besides free stuff, some important software components, like server modules for collaboration, can be distributed only on paid basis. Even the best open source products cannot guarantee you qualified support for free, while having a lot of other hidden payments and problems. Usually, there are no regular updates and patches. In other words we can say that freeware is good for those who would like to use it as a basis for creating own solution, but if you are not an IT professional and you want just to find some effective software without dealing with its improvement – you need to consider paid ready-to-go products.

Alternative to open source task management software:
VIP Task Manager is not open source software, but effective ready-to-go product with all functions necessary for convenient and versatile task management, with regular updates, supported by the team of qualified developers attentive to suggestions of clients. This is client-server teamwork software for planning and controlling different kinds of projects through using different adjustable modes (timeline, calendar, task tree, to-do list) and analyzing performance of your workgroup in order to identify project evolution, control costs and team efficiency. This is Windows-operated software, but if you seek for Mac operated solutions – you can consider VIP Task Manager as alternative solution that can be installed on Mac through Windows emulator.


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