What Is Open Source

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Open Source

Open source usually refers to software that is released with source code under a license that ensures that derivative works will also be available as source code, protects certain rights of the original authors, and prohibits restrictions on how the software can be used or who can use it.

In this article:

  1. Open Source vs. Commercial Software

  2. How Open Source Software Is Developed
  3. Differing Definitions
  4. Free Software and Open Source
  5. Open Source Institutions

Answering the question What is open source? used to be a lot simpler than it is today.

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