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Topic outline of free software

Free software is software which can be run, studied, examined, modified, and redistributed. 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.

The free software movement was launched in 1983 in order to write free software replacements for the non-free software that society relied on. Examples of free software packages include GNU, the Linux kernel, Mozilla Firefox, and OpenOffice.org, and on network servers, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Apache.

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Essence of Free Software

Main article: Free Software

Branches of Free Software

History of Free Software

Main article: History of free software

Basic Free Software concepts

Free Software scholars

Leaders in Free Software

Free Software lists

Main article: List of free software topics

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