What is Open Source software?
Open Source is software that is released under a licence that does not need to be purchased.

The licence also allows end users to change and modify the software, i.e. develop the code of the software.

The predominant free software licence is the GNU General Public licence which Stephen Fry has explained most eloquently.

Examples of Open Source software would include OpenOffice, Mozilla.

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If you have any questions about any type of licensing please Contact the source and we will endeavour to answer them as quickly as possible.

Do you need to manage Open Source software?
As with Firmware, from a licence management perspective the answer is no as there is no purchasing or proof of licence that needs to be kept for the day that a software authority carries out an audit.

If however you are going to develop/modify/change the code of the software it is always wise to read the terms and conditions of the licence to ensure that you are not breaking any rules.

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