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This site is about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), Free Software, and sometimes just Open Source Software.  FOSS is released under a license that is kind of an Intellectual Property lawyer's version of the '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', making it available to anyone to use, modify, and distribute as they wish at no cost, provided they agree in turn to make it available to others to use, modify, and distribute as they wish at no cost.
 
  
Many Free Open Source Software licenses also require that any modifications to the software - usually fixes and enhancements - must also be made available to others under the same license.  This is like software yeast, continually growing the capability.  These kinds of licenses are particularly good at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities]Most FOSS today is released under a license including this condition.
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This site is about Free Open Source Software or FOSS, also called Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), Free Software, and just Open Source.  FOSS is released under a license that is kind of a lawyer's version of the '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', ensuring it is available to everyone to use, modify, and distribute at no cost, while mandating that anyone that does use it must make it available to others to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.
  
Free Open Source Software is increasingly seen as the global standard for operating systems to applications.  FOSS helps individuals and organizations reduce cost, increase use, improve standards compliance, enhance security, and avoid vendor lock-in.  More information can be found in the following sections.   
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Most Free Open Source Software licenses also require that any modifications made to the software - such as fixes and enhancements - must also be made available to others under the same license at no cost.  This creates living software, continually growing the capability and value for all.  These licenses are best at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities], and most FOSS today is released under a license including this give-back condition.
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Free Open Source Software is increasingly seen as the standard for operating systems to user applications for individuals, small organizations, and large enterprisesIt helps reduce cost, enhance productivity, improve standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and enhance security.  It is the lowest risk choice with the best long-term investment protection.  More information can be found in the following sections.   
 
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Revision as of 20:30, 16 July 2012

"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.


This site is about Free Open Source Software or FOSS, also called Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), Free Software, and just Open Source. FOSS is released under a license that is kind of a lawyer's version of the Golden Rule, ensuring it is available to everyone to use, modify, and distribute at no cost, while mandating that anyone that does use it must make it available to others to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.

Most Free Open Source Software licenses also require that any modifications made to the software - such as fixes and enhancements - must also be made available to others under the same license at no cost. This creates living software, continually growing the capability and value for all. These licenses are best at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable communities, and most FOSS today is released under a license including this give-back condition.

Free Open Source Software is increasingly seen as the standard for operating systems to user applications for individuals, small organizations, and large enterprises. It helps reduce cost, enhance productivity, improve standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and enhance security. It is the lowest risk choice with the best long-term investment protection. More information can be found in the following sections.

  Information

        

  Software

Additional information can be found at the following pages.

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