What is Open Source Software?

Know the basics of open source sofware applied to our open source hardware
October 1, 2021 by
What is Open Source Software?
Boot & Work Corp. S.L., Fernandez Queralt Martinez


According to IBM, the open source way is a form of thinking and collaborating within the open source community. This philosophy is based on intellectual freedom and core principles: transparency, collaboration, delivery, inclusion, and community. The exchange of ideas and software developed by communities has driven creative, scientific, and technological advancement in such industries as: education, government, law, health, and manufacturing. This movement created a way for a global community to collaborate, share, and assist both individual and group goals through source code.

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What is Open-Source Software?

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to use, study, change, and distribute the software and its source code to anyone and for any purpose.

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Open Source Definition

It is a document to determine whether a software license can be labeled with the open-source certification mark.

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Any capable user can participate online in development, with indefinite contributors.

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Anyone can distribute the software and its source code for any purpose.

What is Open Source Software

Open source software is collaborative, relying on community production and peer review to use, change, and share source code with each other. Developers share insights, ideas, and code to create more innovative software solutions both collectively and individually.

This scalable and flexible software ensures that anyone with the source code can modify, enhance, and redistribute it for better reusability and accessibility. Open source software operates with the underlying principles of peer production and mass collaboration, creating more sustainable software development for end users.  

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What is Open Source Software?
Boot & Work Corp. S.L., Fernandez Queralt Martinez October 1, 2021
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