The Free and open-source software Definition

Free and open-source software (FOSS) is computer software that can be classified as both free software and open-source software. | Open Source Initiative (OSI) |

Mergers have affected major open-source software. Sun Microsystems (Sun) acquired MySQL AB, owner of the popular open-source MySQL database, in 2008.

Oracle in turn purchased Sun in January, 2010, acquiring their copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Thus, Oracle became the owner of both the most popular proprietary database and the most popular open-source database. Oracle's attempts to commercialize the open-source MySQL database have raised concerns in the FOSS community.
Partly in response to uncertainty about the future of MySQL, the FOSS community forked the project into new database systems outside of Oracle's control. These include MariaDB, Percona, and Drizzle.
All of these have distinct names; they are distinct projects and can not use the trademarked name MySQL.

Open source and Apple: The nagging nausea

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée, now an analyst, summed it up in this week's Monday Note column: "I've gotten a bad feeling about Apple's software quality management. 'It Just Works,' the company's pleasant-sounding motto, became an easy target, giving rise to jibes of 'It just needs more work.'"

Apple's journey from 'it just works' to 'it just needs more work' may undermine the company’s reputation for quality


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Xenon File Manager is an open source and portable file manager. It supports portable file assocations so you can open files with your portable applications.



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