Thursday, June 6, 2013

What is Open Source Software? - June 6th

I was working for a company in Birmingham, AL the first time I heard of  Open Source Software. We used a few programs that were open source in that business and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. So you may be wondering, what is Open Source Software?
Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with an open-source license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software for free to anyone and for any purpose. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software
Open Source Software is basically software that is FREE to the user. But more than just FREE, it is software that you have access to view and change the code and desired. The most important thing in using the software is simply that you must agree to keep the software free. So if you decide to pass on the software to someone else, you can't sell it to them, it has to stay FREE.

I have used several Open Source Software programs through the years. A couple of days ago I posted about using CamStudio (June 4 blogpost). CamStudio is Open Source Software used for creating videos of what's viewed on your screen. (Watch the Youtube Video here)

Today I was doing some further research about Open-source software and learned that there is a more extensive definition used for governing and licensing http://opensource.org/osd. It's really cool to see how a community can come together to create something FREE for the world.

Lesson Learned: Open-source software is FREE for the world and is a great option for those looking for certain types of software solutions.




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