Celebrate 20 Years of Open Source

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018. The “open source” label was created at a strategy session held on February 3rd, 1998 in Palo Alto, California. That same month, the OSI was founded. As a global non-profit, the OSI protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

What is  Open-source Software?

The 10 core principles of  open-source software:

  1. Software must be free to redistribute.

  2. The program must include source code.

  3. The licence must allow people to experiment with and redistribute modifications.

  4. Users have a right to know who is responsible for the software they are using.

  5. There should be no discrimination against any person or group.

  6. The licence must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field.

  7. No-one should need to acquire an additional licence to use or redistribute the program.

  8. The licence must not be specific to a product.

  9. The licence must not restrict other software.

10. The licence must be technology-neutral.

Take a look at the Open Source Initiative definition

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