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You Guide to Open Source Applications

opensource logoOpen source applications are those that provide their source code for others to read and build upon. There are a number of licenses commonly used by open source applications including GPL, LGPL, MIT, MPL and more. The Linux operating system is synonymous with open source software, as the code for the Linux kernel and much of its supporting application base is open source. However, every operating system, including Windows and MacOS, has open source applications written for them.

Open source applications are generally (although not necessarily) free to install an use.

This guide will show you some of the most popular open source applications that are available today, as well as tips on how to use them.

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