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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.
::– [http://www.linux.com/feature/119429 Taoism of Open Source]; Chen Nan Yang; September 29, 2007.
 
  
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 modifiable source code under the same license, 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.
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This site provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free/Libre Open Source Software ([[FLOSS|F/LOSS]]) and [[Free Software]]. FOSS is [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute.  In addition, many FOSS licenses require that changes be made freely available under the same license, continually growing the capability.  These self-reinforcing licenses have shown to be particularly good at generating the trust that leads to [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.php large] and sustainable communities.
  
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.  More information can be found in the following sections.  
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FOSS is developed by meritocratic teams of developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide 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 end-user 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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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. 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".  
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Except for this home page and a few others, you can add to any page by clicking the "Edit" tab. More information on formatting can be found [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_edit_a_page here]. To create a new page, first search for the desired name in the Search box on the left of the page, and if it doesn't already exist, a link on the results page will enable you 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 [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] 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 [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page.
  
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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]]

Revision as of 15:06, 11 October 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.

This site provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free/Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) and Free Software. FOSS is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In addition, many FOSS licenses require that changes be made freely available under the same license, continually growing the capability. These self-reinforcing licenses have shown to be particularly good at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable communities.

FOSS is developed by meritocratic teams of developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide 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 end-user 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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Except for this home page and a few others, you can add to any page by clicking the "Edit" tab. More information on formatting can be found here. To create a new page, first search for the desired name in the Search box on the left of the page, and if it doesn't already exist, a link on the results page will enable you 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.

Other information: