As we witness the inexorable increase in demand for Free and open source software (FOSS), many organizations have yet to glean the FOSS fundamentals. This series highlights fundamentals for the enterprise as manifested in global customer demand trends.
(referred to in this article with a capital F ) is software accessible via a license that grants users permission, in perpetuity, to copy, modify, study, and distribute the software's source code. It is a philosophy about the development, distribution, and accessibility of software, namely the freedom involved to that end—Free does not refer to price. Open source is a pragmatic argument favouring the use of Free software. The open source argument promotes the cost savings, security, stability, and