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This is a public Wiki about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes also called Free/Libre Open Source Software, Free Software, or just Open Source.   
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This Wiki is about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes called just Free Software or Open Source.&nbsp; All FOSS licenses require the software must always remain freely available to use, modify, and distribute.&nbsp;  Most licenses also include a nice legal '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', requiring that any modifications - such as fixes and enhancements - must be made available under the same license.&nbsp; This condition generates the trust that enables large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities] that continually grow the software in value over time.
  
All FOSS licenses require that the software remain available to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.  Most FOSS licenses also include kind of a lawyer's version of the '''<span style="color:#ffd700">Golden Rule</span>''', requiring that all software modifications, such as bug fixes and enhancements, must also be made available under the same license - with permission to use, modify, and distribute at no cost.  This naturally creates living software, continually growing the value for all.  These licenses are good at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable [http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.pdf communities].  The great majority of FOSS is released under licenses including this give-back condition.
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FOSS is increasingly the standard for system to application software.&nbsp; It reduces costs, avoids lock-in, eases use, provides open security, and is the best long-term investment.&nbsp; More info is provided in the following sections.   
 
 
FOSS is increasingly the go-to standard for operating systems to user applications, for individuals to large enterprises.  It helps reduce costs, avoid lock-in, increase productivity, enhance security, and improve standards compliance.  With the best long-term investment protection, FOSS is the lowest risk choice for software systems today.  More information can be found in the following sections.   
 
 
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Revision as of 22:29, 29 September 2014

"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 is about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), sometimes called just Free Software or Open Source.  All FOSS licenses require the software must always remain freely available to use, modify, and distribute.  Most licenses also include a nice legal Golden Rule, requiring that any modifications - such as fixes and enhancements - must be made available under the same license.  This condition generates the trust that enables large and sustainable communities that continually grow the software in value over time.

FOSS is increasingly the standard for system to application software.  It reduces costs, avoids lock-in, eases use, provides open security, and is the best long-term investment.  More info is provided in the following sections.

        

  Software

        

  Collections

        

  Information

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 key functionality to closed proprietary software, and therefore is described on this site only on the COSS page.