Open Source Software

When we refer to "open source software", we simply mean a software program that can be obtained under an open source license. There are a great variety of open source licenses. The terms of the software license and the availability of source code determine how that software can be used and distributed.

All open source licenses share a few common elements - such as access to the source code for a software program. Access to the source code is key to controlling the functionality and maintenance of any software program.