Quiz Of The Week: What is the source of open-source?

Everybody likes free stuff. From freecycle to “buy one, get one free” offers, getting something for nothing is a great feeling. It is not surprising that free software has become an important part of the IT ecosystem. What is surprising, however, is the sheer number of people that are willing to spend sleepless nights writing code to give away to their neighbours. Who are not going to even say “thank you”.

Thank you open source!

So we will say it on their behalf: THANK YOU, OPEN-SOURCE DEVELOPERS!

Open-source software, as has often been said, is not free as in “free beer”. It is free as in “free speech”, a liberation from the toils of proprietary software makers.

Open source software is available in source code form. Anyone can take it apart, change it, improve and distribute without paying a penny. You can even sell it, as long as you obey the rules of the licence.

Test your knowledge of the open-source software.

Take the Quiz!

And if you score well on that quiz, try some of our others.

Max Smolaks @maxsmolax

Max 'Beast from the East' Smolaks covers open source, public sector, startups and technology of the future at TechWeekEurope. If you find him looking lost on the streets of London, feed him coffee and sugar.

View Comments

  • "One thing you absolutely, positively cannot do with open-source software is sell it."

    What???????????? You absolutely can! And, Stallman would be the first to agree.

    Either, i have missed something, or the author needs to get a clue about what they speak.

Recent Posts

O2 Launches 5G Network In Six UK Cities

Network launch sees customers offered unlimited 5G data and no premium for connecting to 5G network

1 hour ago

IBM Profit Slumps As Tech Services Struggles

Big fall in profits at Big Blue as tech services division declines, as does IBM's systems division

2 hours ago

Samsung Acknowledges Galaxy S10 Fingerprint Flaw

A software patch will be by Samsung issued to stop any fingerprint unlocking the Galaxy S10 smartphone fitted with a…

3 hours ago

Three Network Crash Causes ‘Intermittent’ Outages

Mobile operator Three has admitted it is experiencing “technical difficulties” in widespread outage

4 hours ago

UK Government Drops Controversial Porn Age Checks

Long standing plan to introduce age checks on porn websites has been dropped by the British government

21 hours ago

Twitter Clarifies Rules After Call For Trump Ban

Platform says not in the public interest to remove politicians' tweets, after Democrat pressure to ban politicians' tweets

22 hours ago