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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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The use of Linux and open source software helps deal with a number of hardware-related facets of the technology gap.
To determine where open source is likely to move next, one has to imagine a scenario where these obstacles can be overcome.
IT organizations can now benefit from broader communities of software development and testing through SourceForge, taking advantage of the quality, customizability and interoperability of open source software," says John Hall, vice president of services for VA Linux.