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Chapter 17. Mozilla’s Tools for Developers > Open Source As a Way of Life

Open Source As a Way of Life

Open Source (http://www.opensource.org/) is a software license philosophy that strongly encourages the free distribution of usable (unobfuscated) source code. (Obfuscating is a process in which source code is intentionally made unreadable by people but is still functional.)

The idea behind open source is that, with freely distributed source code, software will naturally evolve and improve as it is worked on by hundreds or thousands of independent programmers.


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