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Open Source Software

Open Source software is similar to free software in that you can get it for free, but there is much, much more involved. Free software can come in an already compiled, ready to run form. Free software is available everywhere on the Internet. Open Source is free, but it allows you to see how the software was written and legally gives you rights to change and use that software source code to make something newer and better. Open Source is all about giving and friendship. In the Open Source Community, it is not how rich or powerful that makes you popular, it is how big of a gift you give to the community that makes you famous. While closed free software is nice to use, free open software encourages the community around you to grow and become better.

Joseph Colton 2002-09-24