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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Open source - The Landscape via Wikipedia

Wikipedia provides an excellent perspective about opensource Wikipedia defines opensource as a work methodology that fits the Open Source Definition, and generally is any computer software whose source code is either in the public domain or, more commonly, is copyrighted by one or more persons/entities and distributed under an open-source license such as the GNU General Public License (GPL). Such a license may require that the source code be distributed along with the software, and that the source code be freely modifiable, with at most minor restrictions, such as a requirement to preserve the authors' names and copyright statement in the code, a concept known as copyleft. In some cases, as with Apache or FreeBSD, there are only very minor conditions on use of modified versions. When used as an adjective, the term is hyphenated, e.g. "Apache is open-source software." An excellent round up about Opensource.. The Open Source Technology Stack The Open Stack for RTE - Application is defined here.
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