- "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 site provides information about Free Open Source Software (FOSS), also called Free/Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) and Free Software. FOSS is licensed to be free to use, modify, and distribute. In addition, many FOSS licenses require that changes be made freely available under the same license, continually growing the capability. These self-reinforcing licenses have shown to be particularly good at generating the trust that leads to large and sustainable communities.
FOSS is developed by meritocratic teams of developers, associations of companies, businesses that provide support and services, non-profit foundations, and research and academic institutions. It 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.
Except for this home page and a few others, you can add to any page by clicking the "Edit" tab. More information on formatting can be found 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, a link on the results page will enable you to "create new 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 COSS page.