[oh-puh n-sawrs, -sohrs] /ˈoʊ pənˈsɔrs, -ˈsoʊrs/
Computers. pertaining to or denoting software whose source code is available free of charge to the public to use, copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute.
pertaining to or denoting a product or system whose origins, formula, design, etc., are freely accessible to the public.
Relating to source code that is available to the public without charge. Open-source code is often enhanced, improved, and adapted for specific purposes by interested programmers, with the revised versions of the code are made available to the public. For example, most of the code in the Linux operating system is open-source.
- Open source definition
standard (OSD) Definition of distribution terms for open source software, promoted by the Open Source Initiative. (http://opensource.org/osd.html). (1999-11-28)
- Open source initiative
body (OSI) An organisation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. (http://opensource.org/). (1999-11-28)
- Open source license
legal Any document that attempts to specify open source usage and distribution of software. These licenses are usually drafted by experts and are likely to be more legally sound than one a programmer could write. However, loopholes do exist. Here is a non-exhaustive list of open source licenses: 1. Public Domain – No license. 2. […]
noun 1. Ecology. undeveloped land that is protected from development by legislation.