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::– [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of Open Source]; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.
 
::– [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of Open Source]; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.
  
This Wiki provides information about software that is [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute, most commonly called Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software ([[FLOSS|F/LOSS]]) or just [[Free Software]].  In return for the value they provide without license costs, many but not all FOSS licenses require modifications to the software distributed in binary computer code be made freely available in human modifiable source code, under the same license, thereby continually growing the software capability.
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Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software ([[FLOSS|F/LOSS]]) and [[Free Software]], is specifically [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute.  In return for this value, many FOSS licenses require that any modifications distributed in computer code also be made freely available in human modifiable source code under the same license, thereby continually growing the software capability.  These self-reinforcing licenses are particularly good at generating the kind of trust with developers and users that leads to the creation of [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.php large] and sustainable ecosystems.
  
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 the global software standard and default choice for operating systems to applications, helping individuals and organizations reduce their software costs, enhance security, increase open standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and build long-term investment protection. The following sections provide more information:
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FOSS is developed and supported by meritocratic teams of individual developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide value-add support and services, non-profit foundations, and research and academic institutions. It is increasingly seen as the global standard and lowest-risk choice for operating systems to applications, helping individuals and organizations reduce costs, increase deployment, improve standards compliance, enhance security, and avoid vendor lock-in, which means long-term software investment protection.  
  
 
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== '''Related Information''' ==
 
== '''Related Information''' ==
  
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".  
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Except for this home page and a few others, you can add to any page by clicking the "Edit" tab at the top. Buttons for text formatting will then be provided at the top of the Edit box.  See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_edit_a_page this page] for more information.
  
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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To create a new page, you first have to search for the desired name in the Search box on the left of the page.  If it doesn't exist, a link on the results page will offer to "create new page".  
  
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 FOSS components, 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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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]]
 
:* [[FOSS Philosophy]]

Revision as of 15:14, 31 May 2009

"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), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) and Free Software, is specifically licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In return for this value, many FOSS licenses require that any modifications distributed in computer code also be made freely available in human modifiable source code under the same license, thereby continually growing the software capability. These self-reinforcing licenses are particularly good at generating the kind of trust with developers and users that leads to the creation of large and sustainable ecosystems.

FOSS is developed and supported by meritocratic teams of individual developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide value-add support and services, non-profit foundations, and research and academic institutions. It is increasingly seen as the global standard and lowest-risk choice for operating systems to applications, helping individuals and organizations reduce costs, increase deployment, improve standards compliance, enhance security, and avoid vendor lock-in, which means long-term software investment protection.

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Except for this home page and a few others, you can add to any page by clicking the "Edit" tab at the top. Buttons for text formatting will then be provided at the top of the Edit box. See this page for more information.

To create a new page, you first have to search for the desired name in the Search box on the left of the page. If it doesn't exist, a link on the results page will offer to "create new page".

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

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