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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.
 
  
This Wiki provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS or [[FLOSS]]), software that is [[Open Source Initiative|licensed]] to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In return for this value, some FOSS licenses require all modifications distributed in binary computer code to be made publicly available in human modifiable source code under the same license as the original code, continually growing the shared capability - give a little, get a lot.
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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.
  
Contribution to FOSS development is provided by globally distributed collaborations of developers, associations of companies, non-profit foundations, businesses that sell associated added value support and services, user groups, and academic and research institutions. It is increasingly becoming the global standard, the default choice for development tools and component modules to operating systems and business applications, because it can help individuals and organizations structurally reduce their software costs, provide more security, enhance 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 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 Philosophy]] - Motivation for this site.
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== Add To This Site! ==
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Anyone can add to [[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 your desired page name in the Search box on the left navigation bar, and if it does not already exist then there will be a link on the search results page for "create new page". Basic text formatting buttons 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.
  
== Commercial Open Source Software ==
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'''Commercial Open Source Software'''
  
Commercial Open Source Software can contain open source code, however it limits availability of some enhanced functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is only listed on this site on the [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page and not otherwise described.
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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.

Revision as of 23:39, 3 October 2008

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 Wiki provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS), software that is 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.

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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Add to this Site

Anyone can add to 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 your desired page name in the Search box on the left navigation bar, and if it does not already exist then there will be a link on the search results page for "create new page". Basic text formatting buttons are provided at the top of the Edit box when editing a page, and this page provides additional editing information.

Commercial Open Source Software

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 COSS page.