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Open Source Software or OSS
The basic idea behind open source is very simple. When programmers on the Internet can read, redistribute, and modify the source for a piece of software, it evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs.

And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.

The open-source community has learned that this rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see source and everybody else must blindly use an opaque block of bits.

For more information see www.opensource.org
Examples:
http://www.codeplex.com
http://sourceforge.net
See also: Open Fox, The Cathedral And The Bazaar
Category Developer Productivity
( Topic last updated: 2007.02.01 12:01:24 PM )