What is FOSS?

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am sure there are lots of articles about what is FOSS and how it all revolutionized the way software is distributed. basically FOSS stands for Free and Open Source Software. The word ‘Free’ does not mean it is free at price. ‘Free’ implies Freedom. the ability to modify the source and re-distribute legally with no worries.

There are lots of software which can be used for home use. some like ubuntu desktop, songbird, mozilla firefox, gnu cash, open office etc etc. All these types of software are bundled with appropriate licenses which legally authorizes you to do any modification and re-distribute.

we will talk about various open source software licenses in come posts. now i will just list down some of the most widely licenses

  • GNU Public License v2.x, v3.x
  • BSD License
  • Apache 2.0 License

and many more…. each has its own pro and cons. but most of them allows you to legally download the software and use them at home or at work. unless you are not modifying the source which you need to give back to the community, you don’t have worry about anything.

But you can still contribute to the development of the software you use in terms of reporting bugs, problems to the open software community. this helps them to do continuous improvement and make the software much more bug free for the people.

You can find more information about FOSS from the following links

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