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Open source software

Computer software licensed under an open source license. Software that fits the Free software definition are more appropriately called free software. For more information about the philosophical background for open source software, see open source movement and free software movement.

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See also: open source, freeware, shareware, public domain, proprietary software.

External links:

  • Freshmeat: http://www.freshmeat.net/ -A news site for open source software.
  • Sourceforge: http://www.sourceforge.net/ -Home of thousands of open source projects.
  • Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers! http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why by David A. Wheeler provides quantitative data that, in many cases, open source software / free software is equal to or superior to their proprietary competition; it examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, scaleability, security, and total cost of ownership, as well as non-quantitative issues and unnecessary fears.

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