" O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates,
a computer book publisher based in Sebastopol, and an activist for
Internet standards and open-source software. He is in San Diego for
his annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, which begins today and
continues through the week at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and
Marina. About 1,500 computer programmers from all over the world
are expected to attend.
"What is meant by the term 'open-source
"It's the name given to a collection of computer software
programs whose source code--the underlying language programmers use
to build the programs--is available for free. This means users of
the programs have the options, if they want, to modify the programs
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