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On the 20th anniversary of the coining of the term "open source software," how did it rise to dominance and what's next? Open source software: 20 years and counting Twenty years ago, in February 1998, the term "open source" was first applied to software. Soon afterwards, the Open Source Definition was created and the seeds that became the Open Source Initiative (OSI) were sown. As the OSD’s author Bruce Perens relates[2], “Open source” is the proper name of a campaign to promote the pre-existing concept of free software to business, and to certify licenses to a rule set. Twenty years later, that campaign has proven wildly successful, beyond the imagination of anyone involved at the time. Today open source software is literally everywhere. It is the foundation for the internet and the web. It

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