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Inc.com: Open Source: It's Not Just for Geeks Anymore!

Feb 28, 2005, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Canton)

[ Thanks to Carlos Cesar for this link. ]

"No one is quite sure how to define fire, but everyone knows what is it. Open source software is the same. Like fire, we know what open source does, we know what open source looks like, and we know it when we see it, but no one agrees on a definition. About the one thing that has general agreement is that open source software is distributed with the source code freely available for alteration and customization... thus the word 'open.'

"While it's hard to say what open source is, it's easy to say what it's not. It's not proprietary, it's not protected, it's not expensive (often free), and it's not usually supported by a single entity. Open source are those programs that are written by volunteers and made available for all to use, to modify, and to improve..."

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