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Free software, software libre or libre software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified form either without restriction, or with minimal restrictions only to ensure that further recipients can also do these things and that manufacturers of consumer-facing hardware allow user modifications to their hardware. Free software is generally available without charge, but can have a fee, such as in the form of charging for CDs or other distribution medium among other ways. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Free software)

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Metadata related to 'free software' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'free software': 27 (1.5% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'free software' across all Ariadne articles: 43
  • Average number of references to 'free software' per Ariadne article: 1.59
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'free software': 1996-05
  • Trending factor of 'free software': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'free software':

  1. randy metcalfe (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. mike fraser (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. graham seaman (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. leslie chan (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. tim wales (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Get Tooled Up: Xerxes at Royal Holloway, University of London

Anna Grigson, Peter Kiely, Graham Seaman and Tim Wales describe the implementation of an open source front end to the MetaLib federated search tool.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

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