"The open source software movement is debated a lot these days.
As governments, companies, and individuals struggle to find the
balance between well-written software and controlling costs, many
have turned to 'free' or 'open source' software solutions such as
Linux to obtain functionality and features previously offered only
in proprietary software products.
"Advocates of the open source movement claim that in an open
source world, everyone wins. Consumers get quality software,
presumably at reasonable prices, and gain access to the source code
of the applications, which gives the consumer a greater degree of
control over those applications than with proprietary software that
is 'closed source...'"