Ever like being locked out? Probably not.
That’s why we at Free Geek Toronto like to keep things open- especially our software. Open celebrates community, transparency and collective engagement. Open means embracing everyone and anyone.
When is software not open source?
Let’s get a bit technical- open source software is software with source code that users can inspect and change. The source code is the side of software that most of us never see- but modifying this code is how programmers change the way an application or a program work. If you know how to manipulate the source code, you can fix things you don’t like and add new features that you wish were there.
With open source software, the creators make the source code available for users to modify and learn from it, while proprietary software requires users to operate under a set of rules. The “free” in Free Geek stands for freedom and we stand behind accessible, open software.
Advantages of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is the official sponsor of the GNU Operating System and they are leaders in the conversation around Free and Open Source Software. The development of GNU license made it possible for free software to exist. A “Linux distribution” is, in fact, a Linux/GNU distribution it is the Linux kernal along with a variety of the FOSS/GNU software running the show. Many of its users are not aware of this.