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open source

Computer software that may be used, modified, or distributed to others without violation of the original developer's license or patent.
open-source, adjective
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Microsoft responded to these comments either by pointing out how their licenses complied with the Open Source Definition or by revising them.
Under the heading "What the OSI Can Do About License Proliferation," the LP Report states that the first thing that OSI must do to solve the ills of license proliferation "is to make sure that licenses calling themselves 'open source' truly meet the Open Source Definition.
The Report's first recommendation, to make sure that licenses calling themselves "open source" meet the Open Source Definition, breaks no new ground.
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