"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 (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 Golden Rule, 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 communities. Most FOSS today is released under a license including this condition.
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.
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.