Open Source Definition Turns 20

Open Source Definition Turns 20

It’s hard to imagine a world before open source software. It’s become a part of our nerdy lives, but the definition is a mere 20 years old. In February of 1998 the Open Source Definition was published and the world was changed forever. The document was based on 10 principals which are still true today.

  • A license shall not restrict free redistribution
  • The source code must be included with the program
  • The license must allow for derived works
  • The license protects the integrity of the author’s source code
  • No discrimination against persons or groups
  • No discrimination against fields of endeavor
  • The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the program is redistributed
  • License must not be specific to a product
  • License must not restrict other software
  • License must be technology-neutral

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