Open Source Software

Authored by: Michael Tiemann

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-120043730

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Abstract

Open Source software is distinguished not by programming language, operating environment, nor application domain, but rather by the license(s) that governs the use, distribution, and, most importantly, the rights to access and modify the software’s source code. Together, software source code and open source licensing have dramatically changed many conventional assumptions about software and the software industry itself.

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