Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Open source

An open source program is one where the source code is obtainable for all to make out anyone can use and change the software code to their requirements under a common public license without a fee. This fosters a joint approach to software growth where users get better and extend the core by adding their individual work back into the project for free. There is generally an enthusiastic and free support network and often the development of the program is quicker and more users oriented than numerous paid-for products. Some examples of open source software are MySQL, PHP, Apache, Mozilla Firebird and the Linux kernel.

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