Category:Open Source Software
Open Source software is software that is released under an open source licence. The licences that qualify as open source are defined by an organization called the open source initiative. The benefits of using open source software when working on OSE projects are:
Freely distributable at no cost
You are free to download and distribute open source software, this is important when collaborating with others. If you are using proprietary software especially one that requires payment you are creating a barrier to collaboration. You are forcing a collaborator to either pay to collaborate or to pirate the software.
With open source software you are free to improve the software if your needs are not met. You can do this yourself or you can get someone else to do this for you.
These are practical reasons why OSE should use of Open Source Software in favour of propriety software.