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What Is Opensource..it Is Not Linux But?

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tinoymalayil

Hi friends,Another question which is asked by 1 human resource manager that what is an opensource.I told many features ..but he told me its the featuresof linux OS.it is not the features of an opensource generally..can anyone reply what is actually a opensource.How it is related to linux..


rvalkass

"Open source" means that the source code for the software is available to the general public, at no cost, with little or no copyright restrictions. However, there is no set definition - that is just the most popular one, used by the Open Source Initiative. They also publish a list of standard software licences which they believe are open-source licences. Linux, and much of the software related to it, is open-sourced.


k_nitin_r

Hi!@tinoymalayilOpen-source software is source code that you can use in developing your own software.Think of it as an automobile. Peugeot sells cars, but it also makes the parts available to other manufacturers. Suzuki buys engines from Peugeot and builds its own cars. (This is just an analogy and not an example of open-source)The difference that open-source software has from commercial software is that you don't have to pay to receive the software. You might have to pay for the distribution medium (cost of a blank CD, printing a label on the CD) but not for the software itself.Open-source hardware involves giving away the design for free so you can use the design to build your own replicas or variants.Sometimes, open-source licenses require you to keep your software open-source too (there is some use that is permitted) so if you're building commercial software, you would want to ensure that you read the terms of the license carefully.Regards


SpiderVV

For example, check the browser Wyzo. It's practically Mozilla with addons, but made by other creators who got Mozilla's code. If I were a developer, I could also do one. Linux is the same, tons of "unknown" OS'es are made with Linux/Ubuntu code though they have custom themes, cursors, etc.


truefusion

[...] at no cost [...]

The difference that open-source software has from commercial software is that you don't have to pay to receive the software. You might have to pay for the distribution medium (cost of a blank CD, printing a label on the CD) but not for the software itself.

Actually, many open-source licenses, like the GPL, allow the developers to charge for the source code. Unless their choice in license prevents them from charging for the source code, then it is up to the developers whether to charge for the source code or not. The main reason on why most if not all choose to make it without charge could be because licenses like the GPL allows those who would purchase the source code to release the source code afterwards without charge, therefore kind of making it pointless to charge for the source code in the first place.

The Simpleton

The best thing about open source is that it is free and it always has the source code accompanying it, irrespective of whether or not you have the ability to modify the code :D And open-source software is generally backed-up by an excellent community of developers and experienced users who will help you at any time if you run into problems. Of course there are such communities for other software as well, but this one has a good feeling about it. You feel very comfortable while using open-source software and being in the community :)