Of course, some FLOSS software is technically poor, just as some proprietary software is technically poor.
And remember -- even very good software may not fit your specific needs.
It’s true that FLOSS users have fundamental control and flexibility advantages, since they can modify and maintain their own software to their liking.
An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. A short presentation (briefing) based on this paper is also available.
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Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available.
Open Source Software / Free Software (aka OSS/FS), also described as Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), has risen to great prominence.
This paper been referenced by many other works, too. The following subsections describe the paper’s scope, challenges in creating it, the paper’s terminology, and the bigger picture.