open source software


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open source software

[¦ō·pən ‚sȯrs ′sȯf‚twer]
(computer science)
Software that is written in such a way that others are encouraged to freely redistribute it, and all changes to the code must be made freely available.
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Compared to the previous survey, the proportion of financial services respondents using Open Source software has increased from 38.
Your software budget will go much farther if free and open source software alternatives can be added to, and substituted for, the programs you use in your district.
Other benefits from using Open Source software will also be revealed.
Hyun Jin Ko, president and CEO of the Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency, says he is pushing open source software, not to beat up on Microsoft but to ensure competition and innovation in the IT field, with the marketplace as the final judge.
On the other hand, the very nature of open source software eliminates software piracy and measures necessary to enforce licensing (such as activation, snitch lines and forced audits).
IT organizations can now benefit from broader communities of software development and testing through SourceForge, taking advantage of the quality, customizability and interoperability of open source software," says John Hall, vice president of services for VA Linux.

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