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The Open Source Definition

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The Open Source Definition

"The Open Source Definition" is a document published by the Open Source Initiative, to determine whether a software license can be labeled with the open-source certification mark.[1]

The definition was based on the Debian Free Software Guidelines, written and adapted primarily by Bruce Perens.


  • The Free Software Definition versus The Open Source Definition 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The Free Software Definition versus The Open Source Definition

Despite the fundamental philosophical differences between the free software movement and the open source movement, the official definitions of free software by the Free Software Foundation and of open source software by the Open Source Initiative basically refer to the same software licenses, with a few minor exceptions. While stressing the philosophical differences, the Free Software Foundation comments:

See also


  1. ^ Eric S. Raymond. "Open Source Certification". Open Source Initiative. Retrieved 16 June 1999. 

External links

  • The Open Source Definition
  • The Open Source Definition by Bruce Perens, Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, January 1999, ISBN 1-56592-582-3
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