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Welcome! This Wiki provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS or [[FLOSS]]), software that is [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In return for this value, some FOSS licenses require all modifications distributed in binary computer code to be made publicly available in human modifiable source code under the same license as the original code, continually growing the shared capability.
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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."'' – [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of Open Source]; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.  
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FOSS is developed and maintained by globally distributed communities of developers, associations of companies, non-profit foundations, businesses that sell associated added value support and services, and academic and research insitutions. It is increasingly becoming the global standard, the default choice for development tools and component modules to operating systems and business applications, because it can help individuals and organizations structurally reduce their software costs, provide more security, enhance open standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and build long-term investment protection so these benefits are passed on over many years. The following sections provide more information:
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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].
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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!)
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Other info can be found at the following pages.
  
== Other Information ==
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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] – ([[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]])
 
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:* [http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Main_Page The Open Source Way]
* [[FOSS Philosophy]] - The motivation for this site.
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== Site Editing ==
 
 
 
Anyone can add to [[Special:Allpages|existing pages]] by clicking the "Edit" tab at the top of the page (except for this Main Page and a few other locked pages). To create a new page on a FOSS related topic, first search for the intended page name in the Search box on the left navigation bar, and if it was not found then click "create new page" on the results page. Text formatting buttons are provided at the top of the Edit box when editing a page, and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_edit_a_page this page] provides additional editing information.
 
 
 
== Commercial Open Source Software ==
 
  
Commercial Open Source Software can contain open code, however limits availability of some enhanced functionality to closed proprietary software.  It is only listed on this FOSS focused Wiki on the [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page, and not otherwise described.
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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.