Toaster (software)

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This article is about the term used in software jargon. For other uses, see Toaster (disambiguation).

Used by the Freedom Toaster project, the term "toaster" refers to a self-contained software package (or "appliance") that is easily distributable by electronic means.[1] This use generally connotes free software and is a term occasionally used in the open source software community."[2][3]

A toaster appliance is often made up of software components that were not originally packaged together. The new toaster package provides a co-ordinated packaging framework in which all the components can function together as a self-contained unit.

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