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Why care about Open Source? You can save big on cost, time, and stress to name only a few reasons.

Have you followed the IT industry, stock market or news? Have you watched the activity centered around open source products and how companies are saving thousands using software like Apache, Linux, Java, Python, and Zope? It’s actually amazing that people still come together to work on projects that do not directly impact their wallets. Well, not really, but many do not always understand the benefits of such software without having them pointed out.

What does ‘Open Source’ mean?

Open Source Concept

“The basic 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, seems astonishing,” Open Source

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What is free software and why is it so important for society?

“Free software is software that gives you the user the freedom to share, study and modify it.  We call this free software because the user is free. 

“To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting the right to learn, and share what we learn with others.  Free software has become the foundation of a learning society where we share our knowledge in a way that others can build upon and enjoy.

“Currently, many people use proprietary software that denies users these freedoms and benefits.  If we make a copy and give it to a friend, if we try to figure out how the program works, if we put a copy on more than one of our own computers in our own home, we could be caught and fined or put in jail. That’s what’s in the fine print of the license agreement you accept when using proprietary software.

“The corporations behind proprietary software will often spy on your activities and restrict you from sharing with others. And because our computers control much of our personal information and daily activities, proprietary software represents an unacceptable danger to a free society,” Free Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org)

How do individuals protect their work, including free software, and simultaneously allows other to legally build upon it?  Creative Commons gives an explanation:

“Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from ‘All Rights Reserved’ to ‘Some Rights Reserved.'”

The Creative Commons GNU Public License is a free software license that gives creators

“The freedom to run the program for any purpose.

“The freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to your needs.
“The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
“The freedom to improve the program and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.”

The Open Source Initiative also advocates open source technologies and states that

“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”

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