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Open Source Softwares

Open source software (OSS) began as a marketing campaign for free software. OSS can be defined ascomputer software for which the human-readable source code is made available under a copyright license(or arrangement such as the public domain) that meets the Open Source Definition. This permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form. It is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner. Open source software is the most prominent example of open source development and often compared to user-generated content. A report by Standish Group says that adoption of open source has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers.

But of course, Open Source is much more than just savings, it is a philosophy championed by the likes of Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often abbreviated "rms", who believes in the fact that softwares and knowledge should be free for all humans. And supporting his ideas, he stands in a stance so fanatic that he went to the extent of criticizing J.K.Rowling, the very famous author of the very famous "Harry Potter" series in one of his blogs because she sued Michigan-based RDR Books who published Steven Vander Ark's "Harry Potter Lexicon" claiming copyright infringement (source FOXnews.com).

So, do you know something about Open Source Softwares (OSS)? I bet, you use many of them like Google Chrome, Mplayer, VLC Media Player, GOM Player,etc. And they stand at par with many proprietary softwares, or rather are much, much better.

To be more specific, I recently worked on Blender, an amazing software for creating 3D animations and games. The software is written and distributed by Blender Foundation, an Open Source Software Community. You may have alook at some of the snapshots, if you wish:
Just a sample of how powerful and, let's say, cool these softwares can get.

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