What is Open Source?

  • Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
  • Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner.
  • It is a prominent example of open collaboration.
  • It can bring in diverse perspectives beyond those of a single company.
  • It can democratise code creation and train coders to use basic tools to make commercial products.

State of Open Software movement in India

  • There are political, cultural and economic reasons to believe Open Source(OS) was important when the campaign for more OS started in the 2000s.
  • Twin objectives: Software localised to Indian languages would show our independence in technological standpoint. We would be independent of multinational companies for core technology like operating systems from an economic standpoint.
  • Today, some of the largest e-governance projects and start-ups in India are running on Open Source.
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