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What is Open Source Software

The term 'Open Source' generally means that the source code that makes up a piece of work is open for the world to see. This means that the developer(s) who created the program have kindly donated their work for public scrutiny, use and amendment.

In order to preserve some level of decency and fairness in these troubled times, the concept of open source is actually protected legally by licensing arrangements. These licenses set out guidelines of fairness to ensure what was donated for free can not be used directly by others to make profit.

Licences such as the GNU General Public License (GPL) or the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) set out the terms under which users can use the open source software and how others may help contribute to projects in the same light of benevolence as the originators of the project.

A comprehensive list of open source license types can be found here Open Source Initiative Licenses List