Open source

Open Source

 

During our first lecture we mainly talked about open sources tool such as processing.

 

What is an open source software?

 

I found it quiet amazing to find a guideline, which has been based (I will say re-arranged) from the DFSG (Debian free software guidelines published in 1997).

 

1. Free Redistribution: the software can be freely given away or sold. (This was intended to expand sharing and use of the software on a legal basis.)

2. Source Code: the source code must either be included or freely obtainable. (Without source code, making changes or modifications can be impossible.)

3. Derived Works: redistribution of modifications must be allowed. (To allow legal sharing and to permit new features or repairs.)

4. Integrity of The Author’s Source Code: licenses may require that modifications are redistributed only as patches.

5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups: no one can be locked out.

6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor: commercial users cannot be excluded.

7. Distribution of License: The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product: the program cannot be licensed only as part of a larger distribution.

9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software: the license cannot insist that any other software it is distributed with must also be open source.

10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral: no click-wrap licenses or other medium-specific ways of accepting the license must be required.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software

 

 

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