Your simple introduction to what free and open source software means

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What Is Open Source?

Software that is publicly available that uses a license on the OSI list.

What is Open Development?

An open source software project where development - code check ins, making a roadmap, discussing bugs reported and how to fix them - is done on openly accessible and archived locations, like mailing list or Github.

What is Open Governance?

An open development style software project where contributors can eventually earn the right to help control the future of the project, perhaps by being elected or appointed to the project management committee or technical board.

What is Free Software?

Software that is publicly available that uses a license on the FSF list that preserves the Four Freedoms. It often, but not always, overlaps with open source licenses. FOSS means Free and Open Source Software.

But what does Open Source really MEAN?

Open Source has distinct meanings in several different contexts: legally, organizationally, communities, and more. Read a more philosophical take on open source.

Where can I go to understand more about open source?

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