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Open Source Software

What is open source?
Following http://www.rsmart.com/opensource.php, Open Source Software (OSS) refers to software programs whose licenses permit users the freedom to run the program for any purpose, to study and modify the program, and to freely redistribute copies of the original or modified program.

Key Benefits:
  • Predictable Cost

  • Service Quality

  • Freedom and Flexibility

  • Safe investment — peace of mind

  • Software stability, reliability, and scalability

  • Catalyst for innovation

  • Accessible to schools of all sizes

OSS Websites:

SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet. SourceForge.net provides free services to Open Source developers.

The Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation (FSF), established in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of Free Software.

Open Source Initiative
Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community, specifically through the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program. You can read about successful software products that have these properties, and about our certification mark and program, which allow you to be confident that software really is "Open Source." We also make copies of approved open source licenses here.

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