Article: Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) – Everything you need to know

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Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) – Everything you need to know

There’s no denying that when talking about “free and open-source software,” there are several ideas that can easily invoke complex as well as emotional discussions. However, that’s what we’re here to get straight! First, FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) is a mix of free software as well as open-source software.

Therefore, it’s vivid that there are similarities between the two, and still, there’re as well differences that go unnoticed; for instance, free software can be open source, but not all open source software is free. Ideally, free and open-source software doesn’t mean that software is cost-free. It literally means that the source code of the software is widely open for everyone, and anyone is open to use, modify and study the code.

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Article: What motivates open source software contributors?

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What motivates open source software contributors?

New study finds people’s reasons for contributing have changed since the early 2000s. The reasons people contribute to free and open source (FOSS) projects has been a topic of much interest. However, the research on this topic dates back 10 or more years, and much has changed in the world since then. This article shares seven insights from a recent research study that revisited old motivation studies and asked open source contributors what motivates them today.

These insights can be used by open source community managers who want to grow a community, organizations that want to understand how community members behave, or anyone working with others in open source. Understanding what motivates today’s contributors helps us make impactful decisions.

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Article: Sorcero Open-Sourcing Ingestum™ Framework For Unstructured-Data Text Extraction

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Sorcero Open-Sourcing Ingestum™ Framework For Unstructured-Data Text Extraction

Sorcero Inc., a rapidly growing Washington, DC enterprise AI software startup, announces the release of Ingestum™ (“ingest’em”), a free and open source software (FOSS) unified content ingestion framework that supports sourcing and transformation of a wide variety of data and document types into a uniform document format.

Ingestion of arbitrary and unstructured content formats—PDF files, Microsoft Office® documents, email threads, and so on—presents a challenge in the AI industry. The ingestion market is extremely fragmented.

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Article: Israeli Startup Offers ‘Monetization Switch’ For Open Source

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Netanel Mohoni (left) and Chen Ravid (right), co-founders of xs:code XS:CODEIsraeli Startup Offers ‘Monetization Switch’ For Open Source

Open source software is free, or, more accurately, Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) is free of charge. In the real world, open source software projects when applied and deployed in commercial (sometimes mission-critical) use cases will often be supplied as the ‘licensed’ version of the original software innovation, which comes at a cost.

Although many commercial use cases do deploy open source licensed software at zero cost, in these cases, it is not uncommon for commercial support contracts to be taken out.

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