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  The Open Source Definition (Annotated) | Open Source Initiative
Open source doesn't just mean access to the source code.
The source code must be the preferred form in which a programmer would modify the program.
Rationale: The major intention of this clause is to prohibit license traps that prevent open source from being used commercially.
www.opensource.org /docs/definition.php   (985 words)

 What Business Can Learn from Open Source
Ironically, though open source and blogs are done for free, those worlds resemble market economies, while most companies, for all their talk about the value of free markets, are run internally like communist states.
So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2) that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down.
That may be the greatest effect, in the long run, of the forces underlying open source and blogging: finally ditching the old paternalistic employer-employee relationship, and replacing it with a purely economic one, between equals.
www.paulgraham.com /opensource.html   (4175 words)

 Home | Open Source Initiative
Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process.
The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community.
www.opensource.org   (256 words)

 Why “Free Software” is better than “Open Source” - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
The term “open source” quickly became associated with a different approach, a different philosophy, different values, and even a different criterion for which licenses are acceptable.
The official definition of “open source software,” as published by the Open Source Initiative, is very close to our definition of free software; however, it is a little looser in some respects, and they have accepted a few licenses that we consider unacceptably restrictive of the users.
However, the obvious meaning for the expression “open source software” is “You can look at the source code.” This is a much weaker criterion than free software; it includes free software, but also includes semi-free programs such as Xv, and even some proprietary programs, including Qt under its original license (before the QPL).
www.gnu.org /philosophy/free-software-for-freedom.html   (2589 words)

  ONLamp.com -- What Is Open Source
Open source usually refers to software that is released with source code under a license that ensures that derivative works will also be available as source code, protects certain rights of the original authors, and prohibits restrictions on how the software can be used or who can use it.
Open source began as, and for the most part still is, software created by a community of people who are dedicated to working together in a highly collaborative and evolutionary way.
This is the essential meaning of open source: the source code--the language in which the software is written and the key to understanding how the software works--can be obtained and improved by anyone with the right skills.
www.onlamp.com /pub/a/onlamp/2005/09/15/what-is-opensource.html   (929 words)

  Open source - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Open source as applied to culture defines a culture in which fixations are made generally available.
Open source politics — is a term used to describe a political process that uses Internet technologies such as blogs and email to provide for a rapid feedback mechanism between political organizations and their supporters.
Open source journalism — referred to the standard journalistic techniques of news gathering and fact checking, and reflected a similar term that was in use from 1992 in military intelligence circles, open source intelligence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Open_source   (2651 words)

 Open-source software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Openness is a term that has evolved now to refer to projects that are open to anyone and everyone to contribute to, before and/or after the actual programming.
Open source advocates point out that as of the early 2000s, at least 90 percent of computer programmers are employed not to produce software for direct sale, but rather to design and customize software for other purposes, such as in-house applications.
Open source highlights that the source code is viewable to all and proponents of the term usually emphasize the quality of the software and how this is caused by the development models which are possible and popular among free and open source software projects.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Open-source_software   (3700 words)

 Intellectual Property Law - An Overview of “Open Source” Software Licenses
The term "open source" commonly refers to a software program or set of software technologies that are made widely available by an individual or group in source code form for use, modification and redistribution under a license agreement having very few restrictions.
Having access to source code enables the developer to understand the program at a deep level and to debug and optimize his or her own program at a level of efficiency and skill that is often not possible with programs available only in binary form.
Some open source license forms, such as the GPL, require licensees to provide free copies of their derivative works in source code form for others to use, modify and redistribute in accordance with the terms of the license agreement for the unmodified program.
www.abanet.org /intelprop/opensource.html   (2361 words)

 Open Source - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
Open Source is driven by the needs of the end users, and the skills of coders taking personal pride in what they do, not rushing to meet artificially imposed deadlines (except their own).
Open Source Hardware is developing free BIOS and CPU specs and electronic designs.
The Open CD is a good introduction for Windows users interested in a sample of high quality open source software.
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/Open_Source   (7398 words)

 O'Reilly Open Source Convention - July, 24-28, 2006 - Portland, OR
open source has become entrenched in the big business of software, whether as a component in an enterprise stack or outright competitive business model.
Through hundreds of sessions, tutorials, activities, and events, this year's OSCON is dedicated to extending the dialogue between the creative open source community and the "traditional" software development industry.
The O'Reilly Open Source Convention, happening July 24-28, 2006 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, is where early adopters, coders, expert users, sys admins, entrepreneurs, and business people working in free and open source software gather to share ideas, discover code, and find solutions.
conferences.oreillynet.com /os2006   (410 words)

 What is open source? - a definition from Whatis.com - see also: open-source   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Developers of software that is intended to be freely shared and possibly improved and redistributed by others can use the Open Source trademark if their distribution terms conform to the OSI's Open Source Definition.
Open Source is the result of a long-time movement toward software that is developed and improved by a group of volunteers cooperating together on a network.
The open source movement has gained momentum as commercial enterprises have begun to consider Linux as an open alternative to Windows operating systems.
searchopensource.techtarget.com /sDefinition/0,,sid39_gci212709,00.html   (505 words)

 Howstuffworks "What does open source mean?"
Compiled means that the actual program code that the developer created, known as the source code, has run through a special program called a compiler that translates the source code into a form that the computer can understand (see How C Programming Works for details on compilers).
The software developers who support the open source concept believe that by allowing anyone who's interested to modify the source code, the application will be more useful and error-free over the long term.
A common concern for end-users who wish to use open source software is the lack of a warranty and technical support.
computer.howstuffworks.com /question435.htm   (542 words)

 About the Open Source Initiative | Open Source Initiative
The OSI is actively involved in Open Source community-building and education.
OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages.
OSI 董事及委员经常都到世界各地去参加一些活动和会议, 而且还和 open source 软件的開發商和用户, 以及公共或私人机构的执行员一起讨论有关 Open Source 科技, 執照和开发模式可带来的决策及经济效应.
www.opensource.org /about   (384 words)

 What is open source? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
(1) Generically, open source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge, i.e., open.
The process of eliminating bugs and improving the software happens at a much quicker rate than through the traditional development channels of commercial software as the information is shared throughout the open source community and does not originate and channel through a corporation's research and development cogs.
The latest OSI news, an index of licenses with definitions, open source links, translations of the Open Source Definition and the history of the OSI and its board of directors.
www.pcwebopedia.com /TERM/o/open_source.html   (763 words)

 Open Source and Linux from HP - Open Source at HP
Our track record is a clear indication that we are seriously committed to the growth, maturity, and success of open source technology for our customers, and that fueling the community with this is mind is an integral part of that effort.
As another example of HP's support of the open source community, HP is a founding platinum member of the new OSDL and FSG merged organization that is determined to help promote, protect, and standardize Linux.
More than 200 open source tools, utilities, libraries, and packages have been ported to the HP Integrity NonStop server platform and are available at no cost to customers.
opensource.hp.com   (609 words)

 Unisys: Open Source & Linux Solutions & Support
That moves control from the vendor to the client.  Unisys is the only service provider with the credentials to be an open source partner and no proprietary components of the stack to protect.  We are completely solution agnostic and offer choices at every layer based on each of our client’s current investments and future goals.
Open Source Software Services and Support Keep your OSS products up and running at their optimum potential.
Webinar: Open Source Trends and Directions Unisys and Optaros discuss the trends and their implications for content management and SOA.
www.unisys.com /services/open__source.htm   (729 words)

 Technology News: Open Source
Firms hoping to reduce network costs by deploying open source routers may be disappointed since experts say such systems are hard to configure and lack the processing power required to handle large volumes of traffic.
Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance in the global marketplace by small and large companies alike.
Sun Microsystems last week open sourced another chunk of Java development code, but some are criticizing the company for not declaring all of Java open source at once and under the same open source license.
www.technewsworld.com /perl/section/opensource   (823 words)

 Apple - Open Source
Major components of Mac OS X, including the UNIX-based core, are made available under Apple’s Open Source license, allowing developers and students to view source code, learn from it and submit suggestions and modifications.
In addition, Apple uses software created by the Open Source community, such as the HTML rendering engine for Safari, and returns its enhancements to the community.
Apple believes that using Open Source methodology makes Mac OS X a more robust, secure operating system, as its core components have been subjected to the crucible of peer review for decades.
www.apple.com /opensource   (290 words)

 Open Source Links | Open Source Initiative
While many open source software packages do run on proprietary systems (Apache is quite popular on all operating systems platforms), Linux distributions provide a complete (and in some cases, exclusively) open source environment suitable for hand-held, desktop, server, and high-end enterprise/cluster/mainframe use.
The OSI website is built with and runs exclusively open source software, including Apache (web server), Drupal (content management and blogs), the PHP scripting language, the MySQL database, to name a few of the more well-known packages.
Lecorpio (http://www.lecorpio.com) provides a workflow based open source management application to proactively manage the process of submission, review and approval of open source requests, check license compatibility and associated obligations, and manage compliance with license obligations throughout development and distribution of the product.
www.opensource.org /links   (865 words)

 Welcome — Open Source Academy
Our aim is to encourage the use of Open Source Software by local authorities through knowledge sharing and practical advice.
The UK's failure to make use of open source is a "scandal", according to open-source experts speaking at a key Westminster debate.
The Eduserv Foundation, part of the not-for-profit IT services group Eduserv, has announced that it is funding a study into how UK cultural heritage organisations such as museums, libraries and archives are using open licensing to share texts, images and...
www.opensourceacademy.gov.uk   (664 words)

 osCommerce: Open Source Definition
Open source software is defined by its attached license guaranteeing anybody rights to freely use, modify, and redistribute the software.
Open Source is a certification mark owned by the Open Source Initiative.
The distribution of modified source code must be allowed although restrictions to ensure the possibility to distinguish the original source code from the derived works are tolerated.
www.oscommerce.com /about/opensource   (358 words)

 Dev2Dev Online: Open Source and BEA
Here are some of the open source projects we are involved in, together with technical articles about these projects.
Open JPA is an open source implementation of the forthcoming EJB 3 Persistence specification.
The code for Open JPA is based on the Kodo object/relational mapping product and donated to open source by BEA Systems.
dev2dev.bea.com /opensource   (398 words)

 Open Source & Novell
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing a vendor-neutral open development platform and application frameworks for building software.
OMC (Open Management with CIM) is an open-source umbrella project that includes implementations of the Open Standards management profiles and specs defined by the DTMF (Distributed Management Task Force), and associated tools and utilities.
Xen is Open Source software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
developer.novell.com /opensource   (1682 words)

 HP OpenVMS Open Source Tools   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The Open Source CD Record capability is provided on the Open Source Tools CD.
SSL is the open standard security protocol for the secure transfer of sensitive information over the Internet.
These open source tools are provided as free software under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.
h71000.www7.hp.com /opensource/opensource.html   (1122 words)

 Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FOSS, or FLOSS)? Look at the Numbers!
Note that those who use the term “open source software”; tend to emphasize technical advantages of such software (such as better reliability and security), while those who use the term “Free Software”; tend to emphasize freedom from control by another and/or ethical issues.
Chuck Upsdell has combined many data sources and estimates that, as of September 2004, IE has decreased from 94% to 84%, as users switch to other browser families (mainly Gecko); he also believes this downward trend is likely to continue.
Open source is so pervasive that IDC declares in this study that open-source software represents the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s.
www.dwheeler.com /oss_fs_why.html   (15007 words)

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