In the early days of computing, programmers and developers shared software in order to learn from each other and evolve the field of computing.
Eventually the open source notion moved to the way side of commercialization of software in the years 1970-1980.
Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
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In 1997, Eric Raymond published The Cathedral and the Bazaar, a reflective analysis of the hacker community and free software principles.
The paper received significant attention in early 1998, and was one factor in motivating Netscape Communications Corporation to release their popular Netscape Communicator Internet suite as free software.