Free software (the term open source is often used synonymous, although it stands for something slightly different) is software that is meant to be shared. There is a strong movement behind free software that inspired other movements with its values and success.
Free software is software whose license guarantees the user the right to
- use his tool for whatever purpose, to
- study how it works, to
- share it with whoever he wants (under the same conditions) and to
- alter it (and also share the results) - to build on the work and help to improve it, for example.
There is a whole world of free software with software covering virtually every need.
Free software is a great form of sharing knowledge and tools to create knowledge. Well known examples of free software are the webbrowser Mozilla Firefox and Linux.
- The Oekonux project examines how the concept of free software can be adapted to economy and politics to overcome capitalism with concepts of free software.
- Shareconomy is a concept for an alternative economy based on the principles of free software.
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