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[edit] EniTech Blog

[edit] Entry: (November 20th, 2007 12:39pm)

[edit] MIT Open Source Research Community (direct link)
From their page: Free/open source software (F/OSS) is software for which the human-readable source code is made available to the user of the software, who can then modify the code in order to fit the software to the user’s needs. The source code is the set of written instructions that define a program in its original form, and when it's made fully accessible programmers can read it, modify it, and redistribute it, thereby improving and adapting the software. In this manner the software evolves at a rate unmatched by traditional proprietary software.

For many years free/open source software has been building momentum. Beginning amidst the technical cultures that produced the Internet and World Wide Web, it is now causing quite a stir in the commercial world as large software corporations are finding themselves competing against commercially available open source software.

This new demand for free and open source software has piqued interest among scholars in disciplines ranging from sociology to economics to social psychology, and has raised questions in fields of application ranging from innovation processes to strategic management.

As an aid to these scholars, we offer the Free / Open Source Research Community. By having visitors contribute to our research databases, we hope to establish a community of information exchange that will lead to a greater understanding of open source and it’s applications.


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