What Does Open-Source Software (OSS) Mean?
Open-source software (OSS) is software that is distributed with source code that may be read or modified by users.
The OSS community generally agrees that open-source software should meet the following criteria:
- The program must be freely distributed
- Source code must be included with the program
- Anyone must be able to modify the source code
- Modified versions of the source code may be redistributed
As well, an open-source software license must not require the exclusion of, or interfere with, the operation of other software.