What is Free Software?
Free in “Free Software” does not refer to the price of the product nor does it refer to the “Non-commercial” software’s. It refers to the freedom that the user has, to copy, use or re-distribute the software. Free software can be used in commercial distributions too.
The user is free to redistribute copies with or without modifications. The user can also charge a fee for the redistribution based on the license being used for the redistributed copies. For the user to have this freedom, access to the source code of the software must be provided to the user.
What is Open Source Software?
Open source software refers to software’s that are available in source code form, these are generally developed by tens of thousands of active programmers spread across the globe.
Open Source Software must comply with the following criteria.