August 28th, 2021 | Updated on March 10th, 2022
Open source software is released through a specific kind of license that makes its source code legally available to end-users. There are many such licenses, but typically software is considered open source if:
It is available in source code form without additional cost, meaning users can view the code that comprises the software and make any kind of changes to it they want.
The source code can be repurposed into other new software, meaning anyone can take the source code and distribute their own program from it.