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Where would we be without open source software?

Aug 09, 2010, 13:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Computer software has become so important these days that we simply cannot live without it. From something as simple as a watch (which really does not need a computer program but there are watches like that around) to a world spanning interconnected project to search for alien life. We use computer programs to work, eat, learn and play. Without computer programs this modern world will come to a screeching halt.

"There are 10 major groupings of computer programs. Proprietary or closed source programs often run by private companies and open source programs which are often developed by the general programming community for the benefit of all. There are some very noticeable open source programs which many people rely on. Some such well known titles are Firefox, Open Office, VLC, Audacity, Gimp, Linux, BSD and many others. There are literally tens of thousands of open source programs, most of which are free for personal usage. Not free as in financial freedom but freedom of knowledge rights. Many people and businesses, even banks, stock exchanges and gubberments rely on open source software to performs their daily tasks."

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