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:– [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of open source], Chen Nan Yang, September 29, 2007.
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This Wiki provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software ([[FLOSS|F/LOSS]]), software that is [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In return for this value, some FOSS licenses require any modification to the software that is distributed in binary computer code to be made freely available in human modifiable source code under the same license, continually growing the shared capability.
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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].
  
FOSS is supported by globally distributed groups of developers, associations of companies, non-profit foundations, businesses that sell added value support and services, user groups, and academic and research institutions. It is increasingly becoming a global software standard, often the default choice for operating systems to applications, since it can help individuals and organizations structurally reduce their software costs, enhance security, increase open standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and build long-term IT investment protection. The following sections provide more information:
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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.
  
You can edit [[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, first search for the desired page name in the Search box on the left navigation bar, and then if it does not already exist you will find a link on the results page to "create new page". Buttons for basic text formatting 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.
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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]
== '''Related Information''' ==
 
 
 
Other site related information:
 
 
 
:* [[FOSS Philosophy|Philosophy]]
 
 
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Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain FOSS, however limits availability of some 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.