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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 DISTURBING ASPECT OF THESE programs is that they can often be obtained through the same methods as public domain software - bulletin boards, data reproduction services, college computer science departments, and other users.
A third source of public domain software and shareware is the increasing number of companies that have been set up to market such material (some deal in hardware arid commercial software, too).
No viruses have been found in public domain software.
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