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So What Is Open Source Code?

Jul 09, 2007, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"I should start by explaining 'source code.' The languages that computers use internally are very different from the languages that humans use. The bridge between these languages is source code, it is something that both humans and computers can understand. The humans write their programmes in the form of source code, which a computer then translates into machine code (called compiling). It is this machine code (called binaries) that a computer actually uses when running the finished programme.

"In open source development, the source code is freely available, usually anybody can download it from the Internet..."

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