Open Source Softwares

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Whats is Open Source Softwares?

  • Open source software(OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form.
  • Open source software generally allows anyone to create modifications of the software, port it to new operating systems and processor architectures, share it with others or, in some cases, market it.
  • A report by the Standish Group states that adoption of open-source software models has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers


Open source doesn’t just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria:

  • Free Redistribution
  • Source Code
  • Derived Works
  • Non-Discriminative
  • Distribution of License
  • Technology-Neutral
  • Non-Restrictive


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  • The free software movement was launched in 1983.
  • The Open Source Initiative (OSI) was formed in February 1998 by Eric S. Raymond and Bruce Perens.
  • The open source label came out of a strategy session held on April 7, 1998 in Palo Alto in reaction to Netscape’s January 1998 announcement of a source code release for Navigator (as Mozilla).

Development Tools:

Revision Control Software:


  • Concurrent Versions System (CVS)
  • Subversion(SVN)
  • GIT


  • Tinderbox
  • Bugzilla

Communication Software

  • Xchat
  • Pidgin




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Awadhesh Kumar

Jain Software Developers





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