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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation whose goal is to promote the use of open sourcesoftware in the commercial world. To accomplish this goal, OSI maintains and promotes the Open Source Definition and offers the OSI Certified Open Source Software Certification Mark and Program. To be OSI certified, the software must be distributed under a license that guarantees the right to read, redistribute, modify, and use the software freely. The Open Source Definition provided by OSI contains the following elements:

  • Free redistribution

  • Source code

  • Derived works

  • Integrity of the author's source code

  • No discrimination against persons or groups

  • No discrimination against fields of endeavor

  • Distribution of license

  • License must not be specific to a product

  • License must not restrict other software

  • License must be technology-neutral 

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