30 November 2015

Meaning of Open Source Operating System

An operating system is a set of programs containing instructions that coordinate all the activities among computer hardware resources. Most operating system perform similar function that includes starting a computer, provide a user interface, managing program, managing memory and configuring devices. Some operating system also allows user to control a network and administer security.

Open Source Operating System is any operating system that is free to use and which provides the original code where the source code is available (under a copyright license) to the public, which enables them to use, modify / enhance the operating system, and redistribute the modified (or unmodified) form of the operating system. The advance user can modify the code of  the operating system to make it works better for them in starting the computer or a likely  user interface.

Linux is the best example of Open Source OS.
OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, GNU etc are other example of Open Source OS's


Meaning of Open Source Application Software

Application software is a computer program designed to perform a group of coordinate functions, tasks or activities for the benefit of the user. Examples of an application software include a word processor, a spreadsheet, an accounting application, a web browser, a media player, an aeronautical flight simulator, a console game or a photo editor.
Open source application software is computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software. Some open source application software is available within the public domain. Open source application software is very often developed in a public and collaborative manner. Open source application software is the most prominent example of open source development and often compared to user-generated content or open content movements. The term open source application software originated as part of a marketing campaign for free application software.

Rearrange the definition from Open Source Software at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software


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