- "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 software that is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute, most commonly called Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free / Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) or just Free Software. In return for the value they provide without license costs, many but not all FOSS licenses require modifications to the software distributed in binary computer code be made freely available in human modifiable source code, under the same license, thereby continually growing the software 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 the global software standard and default choice for operating systems to applications, helping individuals and organizations reduce their software costs, enhance security, increase open standards compliance, avoid vendor lock-in, and build long-term 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.