FOSS: General Introduction

This e-primer introduces free/open source software (FOSS), its philosophy, history, and the advantages and disadvantages of FOSS. It also contains a brief survey of FOSS initiatives in various countries around the world. It is meant as a basic introductory document that can be handed to a person when asked, "What is FOSS?"

The primer can be downloaded from the following links:

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Kenneth Wong
Phet Sayo
© United Nations Development Programme, 2004, 60 pages ISBN 983-3094-00-7