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See also: opensource and open source


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open-source (not comparable)

  1. (computing) Of, or relating to a product which is licensed to permit modifications and redistribution of its source code, as per The Open Source Definition.
    Linux is an open-source operating system


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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. (transitive) To release the source code of.
    • 2005, David Brickner, Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds
      The big Unix company Sun Microsystems bought the code for StarOffice in 1999, and some time afterward they open-sourced as much of it as they could.

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