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:
- In OpenOffice format (77KB)
- PDF format (287KB, reduced print version)
- Print version with covers, PDF format (2.1MB)
This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence.