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A screenshot of free and open-source software: Linux Mint running the Xfce desktop environment, Firefox, a calculator program, the built-in calendar, Vim, GIMP, and VLC media player

Free and open source software (for short: FOSS, means free software and/or open source software) is software whose source code is open and available to anyone who wishes to:

  • improve it,
  • study it,
  • modify it, and
  • share the original and the modifications with others.

These additional rights are generally granted to the user through the GPL, LGPL, or BSD license.

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