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Open Source vs Source Available

Open Source Software is distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition, granting users the freedom to use, modify, and redistribute the software with minimal restrictions. Source-Available Software provides access to source code but typically imposes more restrictions, such as limitations on commercial use, distribution, or creation of derivative works, which do not conform to the Open Source Definition. While both allow users to view the source code, open source promotes a broader sharing and collaborative model, whereas source-available may retain more control for the original authors.