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What is open source?

What is open source beyond software?

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Open source has evolved beyond referring to just software development.

It can describe a way of doing things, a perspective, and a culture — in life, business, government, education, law, and health.

All over the world, people are approaching problems with an open mind, using and modifying open source code, and applying open source principles to projects.

In essence, this is what we at opensource.com call  "the open source way" — open exchange, community, rapid prototyping, meritocracy, and the power of participation.

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From Wikipedia: "In production and development, open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation detail."

From SourceForge: "The essence of the Open Source development model is the rapid creation of solutions within an open, collaborative environment."

From a report on the future of open source from Fortune Management: "Open source ideas have tremendous potential beyond software. All  you need to create a successful open source community are participants who both contribute to, as well as benefit from, shared content. Such networks of transparency, collaboration, and trust can be tremendously beneficial in other industries as well, from pharmaceuticals to manufactured goods."

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We encourage you to explore what open source means to you and see what it means to others. At opensource.com, we strive to illustrate the various ways open source is talked about and offer insight to help you understand the benefits of the open source process.

One way to think about it: If a person or group sets out to approach a problem or a project the open source way, their intention is that it will be viewed, used, modified, and improved upon by others. It's like a recipe. People can take the original, change it to fit their taste, and then re-share it with friends.

Open source licensing and other resources

Additional reading about open source events, projects, application, organizations, and more, is located in our resource section.

The open source way

We created opensource.com because we believe the open source way can change our world in the same way the open source model has changed how software is created. There are many principles that define the open source way. opensource.com is based on these key principles:

1. We believe in an open exchange.
We can learn more from each other when information is open. A free exchange of ideas is critical to creating an environment where people are allowed to learn and use existing information toward creating new ideas.

2. We believe in the power of participation.
When we are free to collaborate, we create. We can solve problems that no one person may be able to solve on their own.

3. We believe in rapid prototyping.
Rapid prototypes can lead to rapid failures, but that leads to better solutions found faster. When you're free to experiment, you can look at problems in new ways and look for answers in new places. You can learn by doing.

4. We believe in meritocracy.
In a meritocracy, the best ideas win. In a meritocracy, everyone has access to the same information. Successful work determines which projects rise and gather effort from the community.

5. We believe in community.
Communities are formed around a common purpose. They bring together diverse ideas and share work. Together, a global community can create beyond the capabilities of any one individual. It multiplies effort and shares the work. Together, we can do more.

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