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ONLamp: Open Source and Free Documentation Licenses, Part 1: The GNU FDL

Sep 19, 2004, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open source and free software licensing is generally associated with software development, and for good reason. The ideas underlying open source licensing were all developed in the context of software creation. The very name 'open source' refers to the opening of the source code in which software is written.

"Open source principles make sense for software development. Because the source code is 'open,' users can make modifications to the underlying code, either in the form of incremental improvements or in the form of a total redevelopment that make the program into something entirely new..."

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