Outline of free software

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to free software and the free software movement:

Free softwaresoftware which can be run, studied, examined, modified, and redistributed freely (without any cost). This type of software, which was given its name in 1983, has also come to be known as "open-source software", "software libre", "FOSS", and "FLOSS". The term "Free" refers to it being unfettered, rather than being free of charge.

Large free software projects[edit]

Free software by type[edit]

Free software products[edit]

Operating system families[edit]

Open-source software development products[edit]

Open-source software development

Free software movement[edit]

Free software movement

Challenges[edit]

Free software licenses[edit]

Free software license

Specific licenses[edit]

License types and standards[edit]

History of the free software movement[edit]

Main article: History of free software

Events[edit]

Organizations[edit]

Persons influential in the free software movement[edit]

Well known scholars[edit]

Other leading personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]