The Open Source Way
"Open source" refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly accessible.
While it originated in the context of computer software development, today the term "open source" designates a set of values—what we call "the open source way.” In general, open source projects, products, or initiatives are those that embrace and celebrate open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development.
Why we people prefer using open source?
Many people prefer open source software because they have more control over that kind of software. They can examine the code to make sure it's not doing anything they don't want it to do, and they can change parts of it they don't like. Users who aren’t programmers also benefit from open source software, because they can use this software for any purpose they wish—not merely the way someone else thinks they should.
Many users prefer open source software to proprietary software for important, long-term projects. Because the source code for open source software is distributed publicly, users that rely on software for critical tasks can be sure their tools won’t disappear or fall into disrepair if their original creators stop working on them.
"we like to say that we're interested in the ways open source can be applied to the world beyond software"