open source software?

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What is open-source software and what are the benefits of contributing to its development?

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lyong222

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software

History

The free software movement was launched in 1983. In 1998, a group of individuals advocated that the term free software should be replaced by open source software (OSS) as an expression which is less ambiguous and more comfortable for the corporate world. Software developers may want to publish their software with an open source license, so that anybody may also develop the same software or understand its internal functioning. Open source software generally allows anyone to create modifications of the software, port it to new operating systems and processor architectures, share it with others or market it. Scholars Casson and Ryan have pointed out several policy-based reasons for adoption of open source, in particular, the heightened value proposition from open source (when compared to most proprietary formats) in the following categories:

* Security
* Affordability
* Transparency
* Perpetuity
* Interoperability
* Localisation.

HazMat

Open source software is software that is free to see and modify the source code in accordance to the license the software is distributed under. Most open source licenses let you modify the source code but if it is released to the public for any reason you must contribute your modification back to the upstream developer, even if they do not use your code. Most open source licenses allow you to make money with the open sourced code as long as you make the code freely available.
Open source projects often fill niches that interest the writer of the program of fill a gap with an alternative program to one that is quite expensive. Most of the time open source programs are not the leader in their respective niche of programs but do lead to innovation that my push the whole genre of software forward as it is adopted by similar programs. Benefits of contributing can be but not limited to the sense of community a project may have, The chance to get your code into a release program. Which may help your resume. It is also a good place to develop your skills with coding.

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