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”.
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.
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