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Open Source🔗

Open Source Software refers to applications / libraries / frameworks whose design and code is publicly available, which allows users to modify and share updated versions.

Opposite of "proprietary" software, which a company sells to you and does not allow you to modify or usually even inspect.

Generally trustworthy because of transparency, but don't click on random links / downloads / scripts.


Open Source projects rely on contributors (from 1 to many) to write, bugtest, fix, and document code.

Some Projects also rely on funding from users / sponsors.

This includes - One Time Donors - Patronage: donating on a schedule - Hosted / Paid Services: Providing support for the product or providing computing resources that are already running the product.

Last update: June 7, 2023
Created: June 7, 2023