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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.
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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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.