What is open source?
Open source refers to the practice of making the source code of a software or hardware project openly available to the public.
Users have the right to access, view, modify, and distribute the source code according to the terms specified by the applicable open-source license. Open-source licenses dictate the specific permissions and restrictions for using and distributing open-source software or hardware. These licenses ensure that the freedom to view, modify, and share the source code is preserved.
Open source is not the same as open standard. Open source involves source code while open standard involves a written specification.
While open source and open standards share the principle of openness, they differ in the specific nature of what is being made openly available. Open source involves the release of source code, granting users the freedom to modify and distribute it, while open standards focus on providing publicly accessible specifications for technology or system interoperability.