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What is open source software? It’s a term used to describe software whose source code, design documents, and other related artifacts are freely available for anybody to use. Those applications are built with the collaborative effort of programmers who like to contribute to open-source projects. The popular WordPress website, Firefox web browser, VLC media player, Moodle online learning platform and Apache web server are some of the most popular and successful open-source software projects.
With open-source software, the source code of the original program is made available alongside the final executable program. The contributors can inspect, modify, copy, and use the source code in almost any way they like. The modified or copied source code can be redistributed without any restrictions as well.
Now that you know what is open-source software, let’s check the benefits provided to its contributors and users below.