Open Source software is released under a license that provides a number of assurances to both the person who created the software, and the people who use the software. Among the most important are:
- Free Redistribution
The software can be sold, or given away, without restrictions.
- Source Code Availability
The source code - the human-readable "recipe" that defines a program - must be made available.
- Derived Works Can Be Made
You are allowed to modify the program and release your own version. You are also allowed to use parts of the program for your own, new software.
- No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
- No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
There can't be any restrictions like: "You can only use this for educational purposes."
Presented by the Linux Users' Group of Davis
to the California 4-H Leadership Conference
August 10th, 2002 - UC Davis, California