Open Source makes Free Beer possible

By Paul Tingey

Open source has made a lot of things possible in the years since it
first appeared. Of course, Linux is probably the best known open source
project but there are also countless other projects which have caught
the imagination of computer users worldwide (for example PHP, MySQL,
Apache and BSD). Free Beer is not an obvious child of the open source
revolution but it really does exist. Read on and I’ll explain more
shortly….

Firstly, here is an interesting question; what is the dominant
feature of open source? Is it the availability of source code or is it
the community working on the project? Is open source simply about
making source code available to everyone or is it about building
communities of like-minded people?

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