© David Both 2018
David BothThe Linux Philosophy for SysAdminshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3730-4_16

16. Use Open Source Software

David Both1 
(1)
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
 
This tenet may not mean exactly what you think it does. Most times we think of open source software as something like the Linux kernel, LibreOffice, or any of the thousands of open source software packages that make up our favorite distribution. In the context of system administration, open source means the scripts that we write to automate our work.

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. 1

— Opensource.com

The web page from which the quote above was taken contains a well-written discussion of open source software, ...

Get The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins: And Everyone Who Wants To Be One now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.