Talk:Open-source software

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Software as a collective known?[edit]

@J.M. took issue with me correcting "...all of which are [..] software" to "..all of which is [..] software". As far as I'm aware software is a collective noun. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Openflyingsourcer (talkcontribs) 14:25, 2 July 2018 (UTC)[]


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 term 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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Edit war[edit]

We seem to be having an edit war about where this redirect should point. I did expect a bit of trouble, but I had rather hoped we'd have a discussion. I suggest Open-source software, and others seem to want Open-source model. Open-source model appears to me to be a philosophical discussion about the philosophy of open source in general and its applications in many fields. Open source is less philosophical and more practical. My feeling is that wp:Article titles suggests that "The title is one that readers are likely to look or search for and that editors would naturally use to link to the article from other articles." Someone looking for "Open source" is most likely looking for information on software, not "open source colas" or "free beer", to pick a couple of section headings at random. Peter Flass (talk) 17:33, 20 May 2018 (UTC)[]

"Open source software" is far more popular than "open source model": [1] fgnievinski (talk) 23:26, 31 July 2018 (UTC)[]
For whatever it's worth I've significantly updated and expanded the Open source (disambiguation) page/article. You may consider using it as your redirecting jump off point - or not. Sometimes its annoying the extra link, but sometimes once you get to a disambiguation page you realize there's a whole lot more to a word or few than you initially imagined. Feel free to improve that disambiguation page. Also, couldn't the open-source model apply to things beyond software - and therefore be "fixed"? I'd do it but I'm not an expert and would likely botch it up. I just saw a tremendous void on that disambiguation page that I could easily fill. ~ JasonCarswell (talk) 11:23, 1 November 2018 (UTC)[]

"Open source" (without dash, with dash, and disambiguation) are now redirected to the improved Open source disambiguation which may become a WP:broad concept article to reduce the extreme number of disambiguation-link alarms. Please read more on the latest developments on Talk:Open source and feel free to improve Open source. ~ JasonCarswell (talk) 17:07, 19 November 2018 (UTC)[]

Article misses the massive amount of software traded as source code packages in the 1970s and 1980s[edit]

Article lacks NPOV and ignores that the availability of source code for use, modification and analysis only started with FOSS in the late 1980s. Large universities, corporation, NASA and government agencies used Unix and modified it and its tools for their own use. The idea that you can have the source code, modify it and use it for your own originated at least a decade before the 1984's GCC compiler. Suggestions: Credit that open source is access to use, examine and modify the source code for your own use; and that large scale adoption of this principle started in the 1970s with Unix at the university, corporate and government level. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1700:D591:5F10:F1BD:1430:7D95:C2F3 (talk) 22:42, 7 October 2020 (UTC)[]

While source code licenses were available for paying customers of Unix, they were not open source licenses, as free redistribution was not allowed. - MrOllie (talk) 23:37, 7 October 2020 (UTC)[]
Your post does not seem to make much sense (the sentences are contradicting each other), but as for the code sharing in the 1970s and early 1980s, the article actually mentions it in the History section. But the article is about open-source software, and Open Source started in 1998 (even though similar or almost identical concepts like free software existed decades earlier, they are not the topic of this article), so it's quite natural that an article about open-source software is indeed mainly focused on open-source software.—J. M. (talk) 23:55, 7 October 2020 (UTC)[]