What is FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)


 Free and Open-source software (FOSS), allows the user or developer to edit, redesign, modify and reuse the source code.FOSS is a term used to define any software or source code that is not only free but also open-source.
Foss programs have the license that allows the user to freely run the software, this also gives the rights to the programmer or a developer the opportunity to improve the program(coding) and enhance its functionality by modifying it.

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And also redistribute the copies of their own modified version. If some of the forms of a product are not distributed with their source code, there must be a well-defined means of obtaining the source code. e.g download the source code via the internet without charge.
If you are new with this concept, and you are not knowing all this stuff, the concept seems amazing? 
Suppose you build software, and you made it available for everyone to use the software that you made, for free. Soo the other developer now could modify your software to suit their own needs, or they modify the software and released its upgraded version of the software. So in short, ‘FOSS’ i.e both free and open source. The term “free” indicates that software does not have any constraints on copyrights. The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.


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The concept is very simple if you made a software, let’s share with the world, it may be someone in the corner of the world, will give it back to us with an improvised version of it. But that doesn’t happen many times. And we are thinking why bill gates is so rich?
I think you understand.
As in today’s world, the computer is marking their presence, so that makes a demand for software in the market. Has many software industries is developing it brings the new player in the market because of competitive business.

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 Open Source software vs Proprietary                                                                           Softwares/close source software

1)There are two types of software. One that we are discussing, the Open source software(OSS) and the other is Proprietary software as called as close source software(CSS).
As we know, Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.

Now, What is the Source Code?

“Source code” is the part of the software that most of the PC’s users don’t ever see; it is the code, how the software made, so the developer will manipulate it, and know how the software is, and it’s working. So this helps the programmer to improve that program or software by adding some of the features.
2) Now if we simply say “proprietary” or “closed source”software, the software which source code is not available is called as “proprietary” or “closed source” software.

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Some software has a source code, that only the creator and his team who create the software can only access or modified it is called “proprietary” or “closed source” software.
Only the original authors of proprietary software can legally copy, inspect, and alter that software. And in order to use proprietary software, computer users must agree (usually by signing a license displayed the first time they run this software) that they will not do anything with the software that the software’s authors have not expressly permitted.

Linux and FreeCAD are some of the open-source software whereas Windows, Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are proprietary software.
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