See also: opensource and open-source

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Etymology

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Compound of open +‎ source, coined by Christine Peterson in 1998 for software as an umbrella term to encompass existing concepts such as free software, freedomware, and sourceware.[1]

Pronunciation

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Noun

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open source (uncountable)

  1. (software) The practice of providing open-source code for a product.
  2. (software) Open-source software in general.
    His contributions to open source are numerous.
  3. (espionage) Information that is in the public domain and available to everybody.
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Verb

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open source (third-person singular simple present open sources, present participle open sourcing, simple past and past participle open sourced)

  1. Alternative form of open-source

References

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  1. ^ Christine Peterson (2018 February 1) “How I Coined the Term ‘Open Source’”, in OpenSource.com blog[1], Red Hat, archived from the original on 2018-02-05

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