Talk:Open-source software

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I've removed the mention of a trademark on "OSI Certified": according to the USPTO's database, this mark is "DEAD", having been "Abandoned" on August 23, 2002, just two years after it was registered.


In the definition it suggests/states that the DFSG uses the turm open source. It does not.

Definition in introduction[edit]

It says “Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and …” — this is wrong. The OSI say “Open source doesn't just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria: …”

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Can I read my old microsoft files using open Source? I made many documents using microsoft word in 1992-2012,[edit]

I have 20 discs prepared on microsoft word from 1992 to 2012. My computer has automatically installed revisions at least twice a month. I am not able to open the documents

Try Libre Office. --Guy Macon (talk) 07:04, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

Spelling: Open-source, Open source, or Open Source?[edit]

On OSI website it is Open Source (name caps, no hyphen).

The spelling should be unified in the article. What is the canonical form for use on Wikipedia? J.Dong820 (talk) 13:46, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

+1 I am not aware of anyone else who uses a hyphen besides Wikipedia. A quick Google search of "open-source" only returns articles where it is spelled without the hypen, the sole exception being this article. (talk) 17:21, 30 June 2016 (UTC)
We aren't completely alone on this -- TED uses the hyphenated form[1] -- but should call it what GNU,[2] FSF,[3] Mozilla,[4] Slackware,[5] Microsoft,[6] and XKCD[7] call it. The all-caps, however, goes against our manual of style, so the new article name should be "Open source software" --Guy Macon (talk) 21:18, 30 June 2016 (UTC)


The History section is a mess. There is a fair amount of rambling and repetition. A good start would be to put it in chronological order; right now it starts in the late 1990s, and eventually works its way back to 1985. I'm not familiar with the subject but I may take a stab at this. Kendall-K1 (talk) 16:11, 4 February 2017 (UTC)