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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 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.







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.