Why Open Source Apps Are Bad?

iam not native english

soo i noticed some different between open source projects & closed source projects let’s say almost thing in our life are closed source & when u get an alt you not see it good as much as normal one even normal open source projects (the no alts projects)

mastodon & twitter
signal & whatsapp

so why (almost) open source apps not good as closed source (even if its not alts for closed source app)

iam talking about quality

Yeah buddy, your English is pretty bad.

On the topic, if you find an open-source alternative to the closed-sourced software you are using, you should research about it’s effectiveness. Relatively new open-source projects need to be verified first for its credibility and potential bugs by security guys. If all is well and the software meets your needs, you should definitely give it a go. Oh, and remember, open-source doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free. If it helps you, pay for it to support the devs.

iam talking its bad from look/function side -_-… (almost of FOSS apps ofc)

What do you mean bad? It sounds rather subjective.

I would say Signal is far better than WhatsApp based on UI and usability. It’s not as popular, but popularity doesn’t make something good or bad.

Same with Twitter and Mastodon. Mastodon’s features, post length, and UI, in my opinion are far better than Twitters. Is it bad because it’s less popular? No.

But as stated above, what makes closed source apps “better” is often their resources. So if you see an open source project worth making better, donate!


By “look” do you mean the aesthetics? Open source apps may look bad but that doesn’t mean they have bad usability. KeePassXC for example is fairly bad looking and the UI is not very intuitive, whereas by far they possibly provide the most secure options for protecting your pw database.


One reason is, open-source programs appeal to a category of people who put a very high premium on open-source, besides everything else. For them, being open-source excuses quite a lot.

Another, even worse reason, is that part of that demographic considers it an advantage that a program is less easy to use. It keeps away so-called “noobs”.

There are also other, less wicked reasons. Resources come to mind, obviously.

Also the fact that open-source programs are often created by teams mainly composed of developers. User interface issues can thus take second stage.

Finally, it’s not a rule that open-source programs are always worse than closed-source.

Libre Office is certainly not as good as Microsoft Office. But Everything is far better than, well… pretty much anything else. Including the search function of closed-source Windows. Kee Pass is not pretty as in modern-looking pretty, and has some user interface quirks, but it’s clearly one of the best password managers around, topping many closed-source ones. Calibre does have a sui generis interface, but it’s clearly the standard as far as e-book management is concerned. And so on, and so forth.

Just don’t make a cult out of open-source, enjoy what it has to provide when it’s good, and don’t balk at using closed-source when you need it.

Incidentally, there are ways to tell privacy-busting closed-source programs from well-behaved ones. You just need some common sense.


Not all are bad, but many abuse being open-source as a way to make many think they are doing good. While Google Chrome uses the open-source Chromium, they provide control over what is and isn’t being added to Chrome itself.


Quite right. To wit : Firefox.

Commercial companies have the money to hire specialists in areas that are typically lacking in open source projects (e.g. creatives, UI/UX designers, analysts etc). They also have money for marketing, PR, bribing politicians and other strategic investments.

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i’m not new to open source software (OSS), but i am fairly new to Linux-based OSs and what i might call “Linux-style software”

there is plenty of OSS that is as good or better then proprietary software, but this is the exception, not the rule, at least as far as mainstream software

i am quite sure that a LOT of OSS is coded on an as-needed basis, which is to say that someone has a task they need done and so they slap together some code to do that task - i think that’s why a lot of Linux apps are textual based (terminal) rather than having a GUI

if what i’m saying is accurate, that’s your answer as to why a lot of OSS is “bad” - it’s bad because the developer did what they needed to get the job done for them without much regard for other people with different expectations and skill levels, BUT at least they were kind enough to publish the source code which others can use to build on, or not

to me, open source means a lot more than “open source” - it’s an ethic, but even more than that it’s a way of life - you cannot have a free society if you keep secrets

personally, i don’t use Linux-based OSs and OSS because they’re “better”, i use them because they represent freedom

ofc iam not saying all open source apps are bad! iam just saying like you feel closed source app like a pro version & open source app the free version you know ? like resources are bad or something

maybe thats why the closed source looks more pro

you made me looks like unethical person :3 all i just saying why “i feel” the closed source apps looks more pro from look or function more than open source (& ofc not all open source projects) but like sginal for example almost every time i use it i get a bug but whatsapp i “was” using it for year & got nothing so yeah

i mean in resources not just GUI

Actually, it’s the opposite. You cannot have a free society if you are not allowed to keep secrets.

Why is the secrecy of the ballot one of the key features of a democratic society ?

One amusing fact in support of the OP is andOTP. AndOTP is a 2FA application, which is fanatically praised by many, and deemed better than Authy, one of the de-facto standards in the field. Why ? For the sole reason it’s open-source, while Authy is not.

A few weeks ago, a new competitor, Aegis, exposed a damning security fault in andOTP (that was on reddit).

The developer of andOTP came out of the woods, and confessed that when he forked his app from another one, he knew nothing about development, and he knew nothing of cryptography either. He just took the code, and he “forked” it.

But andOTP is open-source, so hey, it must be good, and Authy must be bad.

That, for a security application.

The good thing with open source is that we have a chance to have this kind of discussion and competition (Aegis vs. AndOTP). That’s not really possible with closed source software.

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Resources are code. If you are knowledgeable in their programming, you can check yourself the code and verify if the coding is good enough. Development is nothing but time given by the devs to optimize and make it better. If you want good product, support the devs by donating to encourage them.

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Do you have a link?

No. You can do a search on Reddit. In all likelihood, it was either on r/privacytoolsio, or on r/privacy.