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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.
 
 
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Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called just Open Source or Free Software, is software that is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute.&nbsp; Most FOSS licenses also include a kind of legal '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''' that requires any changes, such as fixes and enhancements, to be released under the same license.&nbsp;  This creates the all important trust in developers and users that generates large, sustainable communities that continue to grow the software capability over time [https://www.linux.com/publications/estimating-total-development-cost-linux-foundations-collaborative-projects].
  
Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes called just Free Software or Open Source, are licenses to ensure it always remains freely available to use, modify, and distribute.&nbsp; Most FOSS licenses include a nice kind of legal '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', requiring that all modifications - typically fixes and enhancements - must also be made available under the same open source license.&nbsp;  The trust this generates enables large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities] that continually grow the software over time!
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FOSS has been getting steadily better for [[History|several decades now]].&nbsp; It provides more capability, security, and sustainability than commercial software at much less cost, it runs much of the Internet, and is increasingly the first software option for individuals and organizations alike.&nbsp; More information can be found in the following sections.&nbsp; (Please [[Special:RequestAccount|sign up for an account]] and add more info!)
 
 
From individuals to large enterprises, FOSS is increasingly the standard choice because it is the natural solution - it increases capability, reduces costs, increases security, avoids lock-in, provides long-term stability, and is the least risk, best long-term choice.&nbsp; More info provided in the following sections.   
 
 
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Other info can be found at the following pages.
  
Additional information can be found at the following pages.
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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] – ([[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]])
 
 
:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] – [[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]]
 
 
:* [http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Main_Page The Open Source Way]
 
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Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key 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 Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is discussed only on the [[Commercial Open Source Software|COSS]] page.
 
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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.


Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called just Open Source or Free Software, is software that is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute.  Most FOSS licenses also include a kind of legal Golden Rule that requires any changes, such as fixes and enhancements, to be released under the same license.  This creates the all important trust in developers and users that generates large, sustainable communities that continue to grow the software capability over time [1].

FOSS has been getting steadily better for several decades now.  It provides more capability, security, and sustainability than commercial software at much less cost, it runs much of the Internet, and is increasingly the first software option for individuals and organizations alike.  More information can be found in the following sections.  (Please sign up for an account and add more info!)

    

 Software

     

 Collections

   

 Information

Other info can be found at the following pages.

Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) can contain Free Open Source Software components, however limits availability of key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is discussed only on the COSS page.