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This site provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free/Libre Open Source Software ([[FLOSS|F/LOSS]]), [[Free Software]], and sometimes just [[Open Source Initiative|Open Source].  FOSS has a legal license embedded in the software header that is kind of a lawyer's version of the golden rule - while making the software freely available to anyone to use, modify, and distribute as they wish, it also requires anyone that uses it to make it freely available to others in turn to use, modify, and distribute as they wish.
 
  
In addition, many FOSS licenses require that any changes (fixes and enhancements) that are made to the software must also be made freely available to others under the same license, thereby continually growing the software capability.  These self-reinforcing kinds of licenses are particularly good at generating the trust that leads to [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.php large] and sustainable communities, and most FOSS software today is released under a license including this principle.
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FOSS development can be supported by anyone, and is generally developed by meritocratic teams of developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide support and services, non-profit foundations, and research and academic institutions.  
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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].
  
FOSS 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 of this Wiki.  
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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!)
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Other info can be found at the following pages.
  
== Other Information ==
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:* [[FOSS Philosophy]] – ([[Философия_Свободного_и_открытого_программного_обеспечения|Russian translation]])
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:* [http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Main_Page The Open Source Way]
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Except for this home page and a small number of other locked pages, you can edit 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, then a link on the results page will enable you to "create new 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.
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]]
 
:* [[OpenSource.org Email]]
 
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Latest revision as of 11:50, 1 July 2019

 

"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.