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– [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of Open Source]; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.
 
 
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Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called just Open Source or Free Software, is software that is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute.&nbsp; Most FOSS licenses also include a kind of legal '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''' that requires any changes, such as fixes and enhancements, to be released under the same license.&nbsp;  This creates the all important trust in developers and users that generates large, sustainable communities that continue to grow the software capability over time [https://www.linux.com/publications/estimating-total-development-cost-linux-foundations-collaborative-projects].
  
This is a public Wiki about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called Free/Libre Open Source Software, Free Software, or just Open Source.
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FOSS has been getting steadily better for [[History|several decades now]].&nbsp; It provides more capability, security, and sustainability than commercial software at much less cost, it runs much of the Internet, and is increasingly the first software option for individuals and organizations alike.&nbsp; More information can be found in the following sections.&nbsp; (Please [[Special:RequestAccount|sign up for an account]] and add more info!)
 
 
All FOSS licenses require that the software remain available to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.  Most FOSS licenses also include kind of a lawyer's version of the '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', requiring that all software modifications, such as bug fixes and enhancements, must also be made available under the same license - with permission to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.  This naturally creates living software, continually growing the value for all.  These licenses are good at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities].  The great majority of FOSS is released under licenses including this give-back condition.
 
 
 
FOSS is increasingly the go-to standard for operating systems to user applications, for individuals to large enterprises.  It helps reduce costs, avoid lock-in, increase productivity, enhance security, and improve standards compliance.  With the best long-term investment protection, FOSS is the lowest risk choice for software systems today. More information can be found in the following sections.   
 
 
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Other info can be found at the following pages.
  
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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] ([[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]])
 
 
:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] - ([[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]])
 
 
:* [http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Main_Page The Open Source Way]
 
:* [http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Main_Page The Open Source Way]
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Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is described on this site only on the [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page.
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Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is discussed only on the [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page.
 
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"Because open source software features open code, more programmers are able to view the code, create new functionality, and fix bugs.  This follows the same natural way that science has developed over time."Taoism of Open Source; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.


Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called just Open Source or Free Software, is software that is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute.  Most FOSS licenses also include a kind of legal Golden Rule that requires any changes, such as fixes and enhancements, to be released under the same license.  This creates the all important trust in developers and users that generates large, sustainable communities that continue to grow the software capability over time [1].

FOSS has been getting steadily better for several decades now.  It provides more capability, security, and sustainability than commercial software at much less cost, it runs much of the Internet, and is increasingly the first software option for individuals and organizations alike.  More information can be found in the following sections.  (Please sign up for an account and add more info!)

    

 Software

     

 Collections

   

 Information

Other info can be found at the following pages.

Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is discussed only on the COSS page.