One of the many possible Software Licenses.
Not the same as Free Software. The Open Source Initiative is a marketing program for free software. It's a pitch for "free software" on solid pragmatic grounds rather than ideological tub-thumping. The winning substance has not changed, the losing attitude and symbolism have.
I wonder how much of the rise of Open Source was (a) the DotCom bubble making companies more comfortable with sharing/donating work on lower-level infrastructure, and then (b) ex-DotCom unemployed Hacker-s with time on their hands (continuing through the Jobless Recovery)? (counter: Geeks With Kids)
no Open Source license has ever been tested in the courts
requirements for releasing changes to code only seems to apply if you "distribute" the code. What if you use it for a WebApp?
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