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Open Source Software
Definition: software whose source code is published so that a variety of people can add contributions. This is different from proprietary software such as Microsoft Windows, where the source code is a trade secret and only employees of the manufacturer work on the software’s development. Significant examples of open source software include the LINUX operating system, the APACHE web server, the OPENOFFICE. ORG 2 suite, and various GNU products.
Source: Downing, Douglas, et al. Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms. 10th ed. New York, 2009. Print.