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'''FOSS''': abbreviation for Free, Open-Source Software. Indicates software which is not only [[WikiPedia:Free_software|free]] (as in either "costing nothing to obtain legally" or as in "free for additional copying and modifying", depending on who you talk to) but also [[WikiPedia:Open_source|open source]] (meaning that the source code is available for modification and re-distribution).
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==About==
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"[[free, open-source software]]" is [[software]] which is not only [[WikiPedia:Free_software|free]] (as in either "costing nothing to obtain legally" or as in "free for additional copying and modifying", depending on who you talk to) but also [[WikiPedia:Open-source software|open source]] (meaning that the source code is available for modification and re-distribution).
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"Costing nothing to obtain legally" is sometimes referred to as "free as in beer", and "free for additional copying and modifying" is often referred to as "free as in speech" or "libre".
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==Related Pages==
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* [[open format]]
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* [[open hardware]]
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** [http://www.tapr.org/OHL/ The TAPR Open Hardware License]
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
 
* [http://opensourceversus.com/ Open Source Versus]: comparisons of open-source and proprietary software
 
* [http://opensourceversus.com/ Open Source Versus]: comparisons of open-source and proprietary software
 
* [http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_09/philosophical_diff_fs/ Essay] by Tom Chance about the philosophical differences between "free", "open source", and "proprietary" software development
 
* [http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_09/philosophical_diff_fs/ Essay] by Tom Chance about the philosophical differences between "free", "open source", and "proprietary" software development
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==Reference==
 
==Reference==
* {{wikipedia|FOSS}}
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* {{wikipedia|Free and Open Source Software}}
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==Writings==
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* '''1998-02''' [http://www.catb.org/~esr/open-source.html Goodbye "free software"; hello, "open source"]: Eric S. Raymond's call to the community, issued immediately after the Netscape breakthrough, to start using the term "open source"
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==News==
 
==News==
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* '''2006-09-19''' [http://www.itjungle.com/fhs/fhs091906-story01.html Is Antivirus Ready for Open Source?]: focus on [[ClamAV]] antivirus software
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* '''2006-03-16''' [http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5624944 Open, but not as usual] ([http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/17/2125224 slashdot]): how "open source" ideas interact with the world of business. At least one fact in this article is incorrect: "Wikipedia changed its rules so that only registered users can edit existing entries." This is untrue (I was still able to edit a random article after logging out --[[User:Woozle|Woozle]] 06:45, 28 April 2006 (EDT)).
 
* '''2006-03-09''' [http://news.com.com/GPL+3.0+A+bonfire+of+the+vanities/2010-7344_3-6047707.html GPL 3.0: A bonfire of the vanities?] ([http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot?m=4152 slashdot]) by Jonathan Zuck of the [[wikipedia:Association for Competitive Technology|Association for Competitive Technology]] (a more-or-less anti-open-source group)
 
* '''2006-03-09''' [http://news.com.com/GPL+3.0+A+bonfire+of+the+vanities/2010-7344_3-6047707.html GPL 3.0: A bonfire of the vanities?] ([http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot?m=4152 slashdot]) by Jonathan Zuck of the [[wikipedia:Association for Competitive Technology|Association for Competitive Technology]] (a more-or-less anti-open-source group)
 
* '''2006-02-23''' [http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-2051196,00.html Free software? You can't just give it away] ([http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/23/1330220 slashdot]): apparently the freely-redistributable nature of FOSS causes confusion in some quarters
 
* '''2006-02-23''' [http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-2051196,00.html Free software? You can't just give it away] ([http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/23/1330220 slashdot]): apparently the freely-redistributable nature of FOSS causes confusion in some quarters
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* '''2005-11-11''' [http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/11/03/1643243&tid=31 Free Software's surprising sympathy with Catholic doctrine]

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"free, open-source software" is software which is not only free (as in either "costing nothing to obtain legally" or as in "free for additional copying and modifying", depending on who you talk to) but also open source (meaning that the source code is available for modification and re-distribution).

"Costing nothing to obtain legally" is sometimes referred to as "free as in beer", and "free for additional copying and modifying" is often referred to as "free as in speech" or "libre".

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  • Open Source Versus: comparisons of open-source and proprietary software
  • Essay by Tom Chance about the philosophical differences between "free", "open source", and "proprietary" software development

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