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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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A 2005 survey by the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology about open-source use in Europe found, for example, that 98 percent of local Spanish authorities used open-source applications.
Ernst says his customers tell him they have open-source elements throughout their systems, especially on "renegade" sites run by students or small departments, but not on mission-critical websites such as those used for recruitment.
Raymond discusses these issues in detail, but it is his last item (#19) that is the essence of an open-source approach.
The principal trait of an Open-Source (es) project is simply stated in the name, but it involves more than just open-source code.
PostgreSQL is a sophisticated object-relational database distributed under an open-source license.
Available in both open-source and commercial versions from Trolltech AS (based in Norway), it lets application developers write cross-platform applications that run on all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix, even Mac OS X, with a single application source tree.
Open-source development benefits from this transition because its advantages are almost all in the realm of intellectual property.
But there is still one great problem standing firmly in the way of even the most modern open-source software development project.
ObjectWeb's activity is unique in that it brings together companies and academia to back up the development of open-source infrastructure software with dedicated resources.
JOnAS was the first open-source project to be awarded such a scholarship by the Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) Review Board (Apache Software Foundation, Doug Lea, professor of Computer Science, State University of New York at Oswego, and Sun Microsystems) in September 2003.
With over 50 active open-source projects, ObjectWeb has a proven record of success in federating the development of commercial grade middleware components and tools, including JOnAS - J2EE(tm) 1.
The 3 new projects Byline, eXo Platform and MOBE complement ObjectWeb's open-source middleware offering with cutting edge software providing high level features for business integration.