What makes a piece of softwareopen source?<br />Must follow the “Open Source Definition”, key points of this:<br /><ul><li>Self-explanatory, the source code of the program is open and accessible for improvement / adaptation.
Free redistribution – shall not be sold or restrict any party selling or giving away.</li></li></ul><li>Open Source Initiative<br />Organization dedicated to promoting open source software.<br />Put together the Open Source Definition <br />
Funding<br />Donations.<br />Users paying for improvementsand/or removal of bugs.<br />Teaching of languages and code to work a possible piece of open source software.<br />
Funding<br />Can be a problem.<br />Often why individuals are swayed away from open source.<br />
Ethics<br />Computer socialism FTW?<br />Meaning everyone works for each other. <br />Parts of American culture sees socialism as a form of communism.<br />Computers/Internet can be seen as a clean slate to organise the way we access and create information.<br />
Ethics<br />Ideas are not locked and kept but can be improved by more then person(s) who created it.<br />Creators/contributors not rewarded with large financial benefits.<br />
Drawbacks<br />No guarantee of stability<br />Limited completely dedicated support.<br />Majority of open source software applications are not reliable.<br />