Open Source software is gaining momentum. The demand for Open Source software is rising very fast; nowadays thousands of individuals and organizations are running Open Source programs on their systems. In this chapter we learn about the Open source software (OSS) and proprietary software; history, meaning, comparisons, merits and demerits and discusses the reasons why the librarians and the libraries need the Open source software (OSS) in current scenario.
Keywords: Open Source Software, OSS, Free Software, Proprietary Software, General Public License.
Amit Kumar Rahi