Outline of free software

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to free software and the free software movement:

Free softwaresoftware which can be run, studied, examined, modified, and redistributed freely (without any cost). This type of software, which was given its name in 1983, has also come to be known as "open-source software", "software libre", "FOSS", and "FLOSS". The term "Free" refers to it being unfettered, rather than being free of charge.

Free software by type

Free and open-source software packages (by type)

  • Comparison of free geophysics software
  • Comparison of free off-line GPS software
  • Comparison of free software for audio
  • Free statistical software
  • Free television software
  • Free web application software

Free software products

  • List of free software project directories
  • List of formerly proprietary software
  • List of Linux distributions
    • List of Ubuntu-based distributions
  • List of open source software packages
    • Comparison of open source wireless drivers
    • List of open source statistical packages
    • List of trademarked open source software
  • List of free and open-source Android applications
  • List of free and open-source software packages
  • List of free software web applications

Operating system families

Open-source software development products

Free software movement


Free software licenses

Specific licenses

License types and standards

History of the free software movement

  • Free Software Foundation
  • SCO-Linux controversies
  • Open Source Initiative
  • History of GNU
  • History of Haiku
  • History of Linux
  • History of the Linux kernel
  • Mozilla
    • History of Mozilla Application Suite
    • History of Firefox
    • History of Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Timeline of free and open-source software



  • .NET Foundation
  • Android Open Source Project
  • Apache Software Foundation
  • Blender Foundation
  • The Document Foundation
  • Eclipse Foundation
  • F Sharp Software Foundation
  • Free Software Foundation
    • Free Software Foundation Europe
    • Free Software Foundation of India
    • Free Software Foundation Latin America
  • FreeBSD Foundation
  • freedesktop.org
  • Free Software Movement of India
  • GNOME Foundation
  • GNU Project
  • Google Code
  • KDE e.V.
  • Linux Foundation
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Open Source Geospatial Foundation
  • Open Source Initiative
  • Outercurve Foundation
  • Software Freedom Conservancy
  • SourceForge
  • Symbian Foundation
  • X.Org Foundation
  • Xiph.Org Foundation
  • XMPP Standards Foundation

Persons influential in the free software movement

Well known scholars

Other leading personalities

  • Rick Adams
  • Eric Allman
  • Brian Behlendorf
  • Keith Bostic
  • Alan Cox
  • Miguel de Icaza
  • Theo de Raadt
  • Jim Gettys
  • Jon Hall
  • Jordan Hubbard
  • Lynne Jolitz
  • William Jolitz
  • Rasmus Lerdorf
  • Marshall Kirk McKusick
  • Bram Moolenaar
  • Ian Murdock
  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Keith Packard
  • Brian Paul
  • Bruce Perens
  • Bob Scheifler
  • Mark Shuttleworth
  • Richard Stallman
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Andrew Tridgell
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Larry Wall

See also

External links

By: Wikipedia.org
Edited: 2021-06-18 14:12:53
Source: Wikipedia.org