Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) refers to any software distributed under a licence that allows users to change or share the software source code. The three most important characteristics of FLOSS are that:
- it allows free (unrestricted) redistribution
- the source code is available at minimal cost
- derived works may be redistributed under similar non-restrictive terms.
The paper does not discuss the pros and cons of schools adopting open source software systems, but examines the possibilities opened up by pursuing an open source philosophy.
How to cite this publication:
Bacon, S. and Dillon, T. (2006). The potential of open source approaches for education. Bristol: Futurelab.