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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".
 
"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".
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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==
 
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* {{wikipedia|Free and Open Source Software}}
 
* {{wikipedia|Free and Open Source Software}}

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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".

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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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