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March 15, 2017

What is open source software?

Fact or fiction, open source software is free. Find out below.

By James Nunns

Open source software is computer software that has had the source code made available.

Open source software (OSS) has grown in popularity as a way for businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and to develop in a more collaborative way.

The increased interest in open source software (OSS) has resulted in numerous vendors supporting this method of development, including proprietary driven businesses.

OSS basically refers to software that is developed, tested, or improved through public collaboration. Its distribution is based on the idea that it must be shared with others so that it can be worked on openly by a broad community of developers.

This open collaboration is achieved by making the source code of computer software available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distributed the software to anyone and for any purpose.

OSS originated in the context of computer software development but now the term open source typically related to a set of values which ensures the open exchange and collaboration of community development.

The source code is a part of software which programmers can manipulate in order to change parts of the program so that it better suits their needs.

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