What is “open source”?
The ideals of
open-source software can be explained by the four essential rights,
which are embodied within the Free Software Foundation’s General
Public License (GPL):
The right to use
the software for any purpose.
to redistribute the software for free or for a fee.
to the complete source code of the program (that
is, the “blueprints”).
right to modify any part of the source, or use portions of it in
Another view of this
philosophy comes from the Open Source Definition:
idea behind open source is very simple: When
programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a
piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people
adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if
one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development,
more information on Free and Open Source software, visit these
Software Foundation (FSF): https://www.gnu.org